Red

2004 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Montalcino
  • Brunello di Montalcino
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Community Tasting Notes 244

  • canan wrote: 91 points

    March 20, 2020 - Needs about 1 hour on a decanter to really open up.
    Plenty of young black cherry fruit but also lots of tertiary notes. It has developed into a rustic wine and I would consider this mostly a traditional style of Brunello.
    The acidity is huge and after the wine opens up, it really requires some food to be enjoyable. The tannins are still somewhat harsh and could use additional time to mellow out.
    Overall, a very nice wine. The only issue I have with it, is that it seems a bit generic and lacks a little personality. But overall, a solid wine. 91-92p

  • cjherzog Likes this wine: 90 points

    March 15, 2020 - Very smooth tannins, good flavour, but a bit weak on the nose. All in all a bit faded, but still good. I could taste and smell how it was better a few years ago.

  • maw246 wrote: 92 points

    January 18, 2020 - Better than the last time we tasted this. still took an hour to open up. Beautiful Sangiovese nose with lots of bright red fruit. Well balanced on palate with cherry and other fruit in addition to secondary leather and tobacco notes. Medium to long finish.

  • winoman1 wrote: 91 points

    January 16, 2020 - Rich, refined, balanced, approachable. Straight from the bottle this wine is a standout for balance and concentration. Inky in colour, opens silky and luxurious. A bit like a Bordeaux. Blackberry in a bouquet of leather tobacco and cedar. A faint kiss of dark cherry blossom, brandy, and chocolate. Veg notes of parsnip and pepper. A multitude of subtleties. Take time with this one - it gets better each sip...but not worth $100!

  • Zed57 wrote: 91 points

    October 6, 2019 - It is a very interesting wine. Mouth puckering sour cherry and cedar with a big bouquet and a long long finish. Very fine tannins are still there? Has this peaked? Be careful holding it too long.

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The World of Fine Wine

  • March 2010, Issue #27 (link)

    (Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Szabo, MS
    11/18/2009 (link)

    (Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By David Lawrason
    10/21/2009 (link)

    (Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145 (link)

    (Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/18/2009 (link)

    (Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2004 Brunello di Montalcino: A Vintage Full of Surprises (Jun 2009) (link)

    (Frescobaldi - Castelgiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    2004 Brunello di Montalcino Taste Off, Episode #752, 10/13/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo) #2 (tie); COLOR-dark; NOSE-darker nose; dark chocolate; mulberry; dark blackberry; big and masculine; PALATE-more New World style; an imaginary blend of a Tuscan wine blended w/ a California wine; getting some Old world earth and tar bubbles; but on the back-end had the oaky, fruit California cult wine flavors; they do this well; SPECTACULAR; a great effort; 70-80% would prefer this over the La Colombina that I rated slightly higher (because it is a little more approachable and has more of a delicious factor w/ great sunshine and fruit); ; WS-95; GV-93

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi)
  • Varietal Sangiovese
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Montalcino
  • Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
  • UPC Codes 8002366009262, 8002366049268, 8002366089264, 839183000053

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 57 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,908 (55%)
  • Consumed 2,337 (44%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

braised beef cheeks, Grilled ribs, Osso Bucco, parsnip ravioli, Pizza, Veal Chop

Who Likes This Wine

98% Like It  95 votes

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