FRESCOBALDI, TENUTA CASTELGIOCONDO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
TUSCANY, ITALY 2016
As one of the preeminent winemaking families within Italy, the pedigree of the Frescobaldi family cannot be overstated. With a legacy spanning more than 700 years, the family has an established vision “to be the reference producer of Tuscan fine wines,” and among their portfolio of estates—including Tenuta dell’Ornellaia and Masseto—the breadth of their experience with Tuscan terroir is unrivaled. Among their flagship estates is Tenuta CastelGiocondo, located in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. The 2016 CastelGiocondo Brunello is just being released to market and has “all of the balance necessary to mature into a real beauty” (Eric Guido, Vinous). Current winemaker Filippo Manni joined the CastelGiocondo team in 2015, and his second vintage release showcases what can be achieved when you combine exceptional terroir with expert winemaking. With an impressive resume that includes experience working with Bordeaux’s Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Manni “brings precision to the winemaking, vinifying each of the estate's plots separately then making a selection of these to determine the final blend. Out of 90-120 lots, only about half make the cut for the Brunello” (Michaela Morris, Decanter). Limited-time Concierge pricing brings this powerful, age-worthy Brunello sub-$55, making for a deal that’s impossible to pass up.
The varied exposure and terrain of the CastelGiocondo vineyards yield exquisitely layered and nuanced Brunellos that showcase precisely why the region has developed a reputation as one of Tuscany’s best. Coming on the heels of the spectacular 2015 vintage, there were high hopes for 2016. And the vintage seems to be surpassing expectation, with James Suckling calling it “one of Brunello’s greatest vintages ever.” While the 2015s are likely to peak sooner, the 2016 are built to age for the long haul, with firm tannins and incredible, dense concentration. Today’s wine, produced from organically grown grapes, is endlessly elegant as it weaves on the palate between notes of sour cherry, cinnamon, plum, and orange spice. The 2016 CastelGiocondo is impeccably balanced and undoubtedly has a long life ahead. This is a wine you’ll need to try for yourself to truly appreciate—secure your order today!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, February 11, 2021.