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Frescobaldi Ripe Al Convento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012

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Behind every Frescobaldi wine lies the passion of agronomists and oenologists, who know their vineyards and terroirs down to the finest detail. Their art, creating quality wines, requires the iron rule of respect. Respect for tradition, which guide them, even in the midst of innovation or avant-garde solutions. Respect fort Tuscany, the living land, to be cultivated in harmony and serenity. Respect for each individual terroir, borne of a unique combination of soil, altitude and microclimate, each giving us a wine with its own matchless personality.

Intense and brilliant ruby red in colour, the wine is complex and intense on the nose. Aromatic expression is of alternating notes of red and black fruits, damson and blackcurrant, before giving way to mineral notes of spice and incense. On the palate Ripe al Convento is opulent, enveloping, harmonious and rich with elegant tannins balanced by excellent flavour and acidity. The finish is persistent, lingering and aromatic.

96 Points - Wilfred Wong of Wine    The 2012 Frescobaldi Ripe di Convento di CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of the best red wines from anywhere in the world. This wine is superb that nothing and everything stands out. Its seamless mix of ripe black fruit and lovely show excellent harmony on the palate. While undoubtedly exciting now, give this wine some cellar time, and you will be amply rewarded.

95 Points - James Suckling    Definitively a more complex style with graphite and some fresh cedary wood on offer. Also has cigar tobacco, dried red berries and herbal accents. The palate has ripe, smoothly rendered tannins with intense acidity lifting the wine. Long, fresh and regal, this wine needs some time. Try from 2022.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast    Exotic spice, coconut, blue flower and baked-plum aromas mingle with whiffs of French oak. The concentrated enveloping palate delivers cherries-marinated in spirits, prune, roasted coffee bean and licorice alongside firm, close-grained tannins. Drink from 2022 through 2030.

92 Points - Wine Spectator   This is ripe, boasting plum, raisin, vanilla and sweet oak flavors, with touches of leather and cigar box. Complex, if a bit rigid now, underscored by dense, pointed tannins. Best from 2021 through 2033.
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate      The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ripe Al Convento is a plushly layered and exuberant red wine. Dark fruit pops from the bouquet with intensity and exciting immediacy. Blackberry and Morello cherry is followed by exotic spice, leather and sweet tobacco. The more evident oak use here gives the wine a contemporary and modern approach, with sweet tannins and a more succulent mouthfeel.

91 Points - Decanter     This Riserva is sourced from a selection of parcels mainly on schist soils, from Castelgiocondo's vineyards in the southwest of Montalcino. It spends the first year in used French barriques to stabilise colour and allow some oxygenation, before spending the rest of the time in large Slavonian oak casks. The nose is quite dark and brooding, while the palate shows the vintage's heat with dried plum and warming alcohol. Mediterranean herbs, cedar, pine and dusty earth flavours bring complexity, and gripping tannins need to unwind.