Always a consistent example of Brunello in any given vintage, Castelgiocondo brings back memories of being in Montalcino and eating at a little restaurant. The vines here are spread throughout a large area with varying exposures, soils, and age, promoting complexity in the wine. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in giant barrels for five years. 2015 is an outstanding vintage for Brunello, and the Castelgiocondo has a dense core of fruit with inciting floral and spice complexity. A classic Brunello that is an excellent value in today's market for old-world wine.
James Suckling 97 points! "This is a pure and beautiful Brunello with super fine and abundant tannins that are comprehensive and expansive. Builds on the palate. Full body. Round and firm with beautiful fruit and length. Lively and vivid. From organically grown grapes. Needs a year or two to soften, but already gorgeous."
Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O'Keefe) 96 points! "Aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, violet, underbrush and warm spice emerge in the glass, along with a whiff of camphor. Full bodied and enveloping, the structured palate delivers raspberry jam, dried black cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside firm fine-grained tannins. It closes on an espresso note. Drink 2023–2030."
Decanter 93 points! "Current winemaker, Filippo Manni arrived at CastelGiocondo at the beginning of 2015. He 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. The 2015 displays all of the richness and generosity of the vintage without veering into over-ripeness. Instead, freshness is preserved. Backing luscious cherries and plums, plenty of grainy tannins give well-defined shape. Fragrant mint and pepper impart lovely length to the finish."