I allowed myself a bit of a treat tonight. It is the 1997 CastelGiocondo Riserva Brunello di Montalcino. This is a famous wine from a famous vintage. Of course, todaythings are a lot tougher in Montalcino. Police is running an investigation into the labelling of Brunello. This wine has to be 100% Sangiovese and apparently there have been violations. Quite a bit of wine is being locked up. However, Frescobaldi claims innocence and does not appear to be involved.
Anyway, this wine has a dark ruby colour with an orange glow. It tastes of dark cherry and is quite a dense wine initially. The fullness disappears a little on the mid palate before leading to a silky, long finish. The wine has complex savoury flavours underpinned by strong tannins. This Brunello is still quite acidic and will have at least 10 years ahead of it.