Technical sheet:

Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Appellation: Montalcino

Alcohol: 14.50%

Vinification: Length of maceration on the skins: 32 days. Malolactic fermentation immediately done after the alcoholic fermentation.

Ageing/Maturation: Maturation method: Slavonian oak casks and in French oak barrels. Length of maturation: from harvest to January 1st 2017, after having spent a minimum of 2 years in wood, and 4 months in the bottle.

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo 2013

Red Wine - Frescobaldi

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TASTING NOTES:

The wine appears a rich ruby red, then releases clean-edged aromas of raspberry and pomegranate, enriched by graceful floral notes. All components are beautifully balanced on the palate, with glossy, elegant tannins and a full flavoured, long-lingering finish with a delicious minerally tang.

AWARDS:

James Suckling - 93 points

HISTORY:

From an early economic base in the Italian community of cloth merchants in Bruges, the Frescobaldi expanded their banking interests to their home city of Florence in the 13th century. Their power base in the city's affairs lay in their participation in the small network that controlled the great cloth-working Arti: the Arte della Lana, the Arte di Calimala, the guild of cloth finishers and merchants in foreign cloth, and the Cambio, or money exchange.

In Florence the Frescobaldi found themselves on the wrong side in the attempted power coup of the Grandi in 1343 and were henceforth barred from public service in the Republic, but the Frescobaldi remained prominent in the lesser offices still open to them, such as podestà in the small towns governed from Florence, and through the web of marriage connections among the Florentine ruling class.

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