The big Tuscan wine is Brunello di Montalcino – Sangiovese at its greatest or ‘grossest’. Getting together with Lazza, Cazza, Hazza, Sazza and SWMBO you’d think certain wines would turn up – such as Pinot Noir and Burgundy. But not so. Instead there were two Brunellos. Not Riservas, mind you, but still the genuine articles to be able to make a good comparison. Tasting the two together, it was hard to find the commonality. If you were playing wine options, or were a WSET student, you’d be on a cruising for a bruising
The 2008 Frescobaldi ‘CastelGiocondo’ Brunello di Montalcino was thoroughly modern in its message. Dark red colour at its heart, maybe a little black too, but with a touch of garnet. Full nd immediately fruity on the nose, with ripe red cherry and berry fruit, savoury and sweet. Lazza and Hazza noted the prune-like super-ripeness. On the palate full and rounded, but with structure. Still up-front in style though. Thoroughly appealing and an accessible wine with immediacy and consistency. It got a tick of approval, despite the sweetness and warmth, and though its ‘Brunello-ness’ was hard to see.