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An essential reference point for the great wines of Italy, Frescobaldi embodies the excellence of winegrowing in Tuscany. With seven different estates located in benchmark growing areas, Frescobaldi stands out for its ability to illustrate the full diversity of expression of the greatest Tuscan terroirs. Each of the estates has its own history, its own terroir, and passionate men and women who are driven by the desire to produce great wines. Frescobaldi Tenuta Castelgiocondo, located in the southwest of Montalcino, is one of the seven pillars of the Frescobaldi family estates. With an exceptional vineyard located on great terroirs, this estate is at the origin of great Tuscan red wines.
Ripe al Convento 2015 by Frescobaldi - Tenuta Castelgiocondo is produced from a south-facing vineyard, located at an altitude of 450 metres. This exceptional Brunello di Montalcino terroir is planted on a soil composed mainly of schist.
The winter saw heavy rainfall, followed by a dry and sunny spring which favoured the even development of the vineyard. Summer was particularly hot and dry. For many years, the estate has used various practices, working the soil and managing the leaf area, which enabled the vineyard not to suffer from the water stress caused by the heavy heat in the month of July. The rainy spells in the first week of August were beneficial for the development of the crop and the ripening process.
Winemaking and ageing
The hand-picked grapes were rigorously sorted both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with regular pumping over to ensure an optimal extraction. The wine was aged in oak barrels and then in bottles. This Brunello di Montalcino wine was put on the market 6 years after the harvest.
The colour is of a shining, intense ruby red colour with garnet highlights.
The nose mixes mixes fruity fragrances (blueberry, cherry, macerated black cherry) with notes of cinnamon, tobacco, tea leaf, roasted coffee beans and leather. Following aeration, delicious tertiary notes are revealed due to its time in the barrel.
Gourmet and elegant, this wine allures with its spicy notes (white pepper, cloves, cinnamon), velvety tannins and balance. The long finish perfectly reflects the richness and ageing potential of this great vintage.
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