Aromas of warm stones, dark fruits and walnuts follow to a full body, soft tannins and a savoury finish. This shows ripe fruit and salty undertones that give it a wonderful juiciness. It's dense and tight now but will give so much pleasure in the future. Best ever from here. 97 points, James Suckling (jamessuckling.com).
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino ushers in a new stylistic chapter in the wines of Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. Gone are those overt oak notes of cinnamon, dark chocolate and moist chewing tobacco. Instead, this fresh and streamlined wine renews its effort to put Sangiovese in prime positioning. The bouquet shows dark cherry, ginger and grilled herb. Instead of immediacy, this wine is engineered for longevity and that comes as a surprise considering that Castelgiocondo has historically been one of the biggest advocates of what is now dubbed 'international' Brunello. With the 2010 vintage, this estate goes back to its traditional roots. The wine is young now and needs about five more years to complete its cellar evolution. 94 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate.
This fresh version brims with cherry, mineral, briar and tobacco aromas and flavours. Works toward equilibrium, with solid tannins, and finishes with a mouthwatering impression. Best from 2019 through 2035. 93 points, Wine Spectator.
Dark red cherry, smoke, plum, wild flowers and cedar are some of the notes that flesh out in the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from Castelgiocondo. Ripe, soft and textured on the palate, the 2010 impresses for its silkiness and early approachability. Sweet floral and spiced notes reappear on the finish, adding considerable lift and perfume. This is a lovely showing from Castelgiocondo and the Frescobaldi family. 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
Pliant tannins and fleshy black cherry flavours make this an accessible young Brunello, with good freshness and notes of black tea giving a savoury balance to the fruit. 92 points, Wine & Spirits.