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The story of this Brunello is a tale of challenge
On the label sits the Condottiere Guidoriccio da Foglian, who bore witness to many challenges. The first was overcome in 1974 when Vittorio Frescobaldi transformed the wilderness southwest of Montalcino into a magnificent vineyard perfectly suited to capture the sunlight. The second is repeated every day in the vineyard at Castelgiocondo where intense competition amongst the tightly packed vines yields the most concentrated grapes and richest aromas. The final challenge is posed by time. This wine matures and refines for years in wood, preparing itself to face the challenge of decades.
 
The story of this Brunello is a tale of challenge
Sangiovese requires obedience, as did the capricious gods of Olympus
Sangiovese, literally “Jove’s blood,” is without doubt a grape variety as demanding as the god on Olympus; it gives its best gifts if one respects the conditions it lays down, then the quality can be truly divine. It should be grown above 250 metres, and it prefers the crown of hills and a southwest exposure, to better absorb the afternoon sun, normally the warmest part of the day. If the soils are not well drained and gravel-rich, its clusters tend to swell up and lose their quality and concentration. In a word, it is definitely a capricious grape. But Castelgiocondo displays all of the conditions that are perfect for coaxing out the finest qualities from sangiovese and for producing a noble Brunello di Montalcino.
 
Sangiovese requires obedience, as did the capricious gods of Olympus

The Meaning behind the Label

The label of CastelGiocondo Brunello depicts the condottiere Guidoriccio da Fogliano who, in the 1300s, was hired by Siena in order to expand their territorial control in the Maremma district of Tuscany. The celebrated fresco painted by Simone Martini is found in the town hall of Siena, and Guidoriccio is seen conquering the Montemassi castle, taken after a tenacious siege of seven months. The name of the wine is dedicated to the Medieval village of the same name constructed in the 1100s in defense of the road that lead from the port of Talamone to Siena, and built on the south-west side of Montalcino not far from the abbey of Sant’Antimo.
 
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Estate wines in Tuscany

The Frescobaldi Estates are located in some of the most highly praised and famous areas of Tuscany: Chianti Rufina, Montalcino, Pomino, Colli Fiorentini and Maremma Toscana.
Each estate has an independent production with its own dedicated personnel and agronomists.
Nipozzano
Castello di Nipozzano
Thanks to the perfect balance of altitude, soil and a cool, ventilated microclimate, the different varietals enjoy ideal conditions for perfect growth, and produce wines of harmonious character and great longevity. The vineyard of Mormoreto is the best example of the exclusive marriage of nature and the work of man.
Pomino
Castello di Pomino
Its vineyards are placed at the highest altitudes in Tuscany, up to 737 metres, and enjoy a fresh and well-ventilated microclimate. Here, in 1855 grape varieties were introduced that were unusual at that time such as Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. After a century and a half, these varieties have found their ideal habitat and produce wines of extraordinary elegance, finesse and minerality.
Castelgiocondo
Castel Giocondo
The vineyards are found at the perfect altitude between 300 and 400 metres with well-drained soils and sunny, favorable southwest exposure. In the vineyards extreme care is given to the vines. High density and low production make a great Brunello of elegant texture and marvelous longevity.
Castiglioni
Tenuta di Castiglioni
The fertile and varied soils are composed of both rock and clay, ideal conditions for the cultivation of the elegant Sangiovese, as well as for the robust and vivacious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. All of the vineyards on the estate enjoy a warm and dry microclimate with afternoon breezes that arrive from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Ammiraglia
Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia
The estate is located in Magliano in the heart of the Maremma region of Tuscany, its vineyards painting evocative geometric patterns in the hills leading to the Tyrrhenian coast. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions.
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