2015 Castelgiocondo "Campo ai Sassi" Rosso di Montalcino (Previously $20) SKU #1299729

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Tasting Notes

The Frescobaldis are one of Tuscany’s oldest wine families. They are based in Rufina, just east of Florence, and they have wineries in multiple zones across Italy. While their family history is definitely rooted in Florence, their estate in Montalcino, Castello di Nipozzano, defined Chianti Rufina in the US for decades. They are practiced royals, elegant and well spoken, even when it comes to sotto-voce, but when they talk about Montalcino there’s always a twinkle in their eyes. The estate is on the west-south-west side of Montalcino.

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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 vintage in Italy is pretty fabulous and in Montalcino it was really good: warm, dry, sunny and then a couple of late sprinkles to give the vines a bit of water (irrigation is not allowed in Montalcino). I was in Tuscany for the harvest that year and the weather was perfect. Although I didn’t taste at Castelgiocondo, from the properties where I did taste I could tell immediately that it was an exceptional vintage. The Castelgiocondo “Campo ai Sassi” Rosso di Montalcino (campo ai sassi means field of stones) comes from a series of vineyards planted in 1990 to 2000. The wine had 16 days of fermentation on the skins in stainless steel and then went into a mix of barrels — 80 and 100hl Slavonian oak barrels, and a sizable portion in used French oak barriques. The nose is plummy, with hints of chocolate and spice. On the palate the wine shows a supple richness backed up by some evident tannin. They suggest that you pair the Rosso di Montalcino with an egg-pasta dish such as pappardelle with a rabbit sauce, or in Montalcino the ubiquitous wild boar
    Drink from 2017 to 2025


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