The Ripe al Convento vineyard, lying at 350-450 metres' elevation, yields a wine that is the fruit of painstaking quality selection, first in the vineyard and then on sorting tables in the cellar, where every berry is examined. This Brunello Riserva exhibits a remarkably distinctive personality and significant cellarability. Ripe al Convento 2006 has a lovely intense ruby-red colour with very delicate garnet highlights. An olfactory examination first reveals fruity notes of blackberry and plum jam followed by coffee and the bark of cinchona calisaya. Salty and woody flavours emerge at the finish with hints of black pepper and mineral notes of graphite. Heavy, but fine and elegant tannins. Castelgiocondo is enduring with great equilibrium, a long and persistent finish.
Serving Suggestions: Stews, plates of slowly cooked meats and aged cheeses.
Wine SpectatorThe sweet, ripe cherry and berry flavors get a lift from the bright structure. Balanced on the tannic side, with an astringent finish. Drink now through 2024. 175 cases imported.