Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Lamaione 2007
Appealingly smooth and rounded, with a warm alcohol and a very long-lasting finish
Frescobaldi Lamaione is a superb Supertuscan produced by the CastelGiocondo Tenuta estate and made using only the best Merlot from a single vineyard Cru. It is the first of its kind to be produced in Montalcino. It is matured for one year in oak barriques and a further refinement of one year in the bottle.
This is a beautiful wine offering a front row display of everything you love about what Merlot means in Italy. With intriguing fragrances ranging from wild red-berry fruit to delicate and spicy nuances of clove and cinnamon to soft hints of tobacco leaf, the complexity of flavors is almost too much to write here. It has lovely acidity and a generous weave of tannins with a leisurely and impressive finish. Rated 95 points by the Wine Spectator.
About This Wine: Constructed in 1100 to guard the road from the port at Talamone to Siena, the castle has belonged to the Frescobaldi family since 1989. Already one of the top-quality producers of Brunello di Montalcino in the late 19th century, the tenuta of Castelgiocondo yields massively-structured wines of great complexity and balance.
The estate lies on the southwestern slope of Montalcino, at elevations ranging from 180 to 400 metres, and comprises 815 hectares, with 230 hectares under vine. A total of 152 hectares are officially registered for the production of Brunello di Montalcino. The soils, given their various elevations, are diverse, and the climate is warm and dry, relieved by marine breezes: these are ideal conditions for producing very full-bodied, sturdily-structured and powerful wines that are, at the same time, characterized by remarkable finesse and balance.