Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcinotext

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Tuscany, ItalyCastelGiocondo has long been an elegant expression of Brunello, and in 2018, a cool vintage heightened that aspect of its regal history. For some reason, this wine is always comparatively cheap for Brunello, but I will take it. A mix of blueberries and redberries joins a sweet florality to open. Look for spicy licorice up front on the palate, with more red fruit, sweet tannins, adequate structure, and a refined mineral back end. As noted, this is a good value. A mushroom ragu is the ticket here. CastelGiocondo sits over varied terrain with many expositions on its galestro, clay, and Pliocene sands. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks and is then aged in wood for five years plus another 9-12 months in a bottle.Tasted: 14 December 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$60.99750mlBCL Stores
AB$58.95750mlselect private retailers
MB$60.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Tenuta di FrescobaldiDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: SangioveseCSPC: 333989UPC: 8002366089264