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The Frescobaldi family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. By the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi had become faithful clients. A century later the Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth.

A selection with its initial vintage in 1974, Montesodi Riserva is made only in exceptional growing years. It is produced from Sangiovese grown in the Montesodi vineyard, which, at 400 metres’ elevation, has always been regarded as the finest on the Tenuta for growing Sangiovese. It yields a rich, intense wine of remarkable aromas.

A brilliant saturated purple, offering aromas of ripe, fleshy fruit supporting an intriguing blend of spice and mint. Lush and creamy entrance with a firm structure built on judicious tannins and a harmonious balance of alcohol and acidity.

Sangiovese. Very ripe black fruit, with notes of fresh licorice, stony minerals and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a long licorice finish. Best after 2006. 4,200 cases made.

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