Marchesi de' Frescobaldi First to Market with 2004 Brunello Di Montalcino

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Castelgiocondo, from Five-Star 2004 Vintage, Now Available at Select Retailers and Restaurants

We are excited and proud to be the first producer to share this five-star vintage Brunello with America's wine drinkers

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi (http://www.frescobaldi.it), Tuscany's leading wine producer and one of the most prestigious houses in the entire world of wine, announced today that their 2004 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is now available in the US -- the first 2004 Brunello to reach the American market.

"We are excited and proud to be the first producer to share this five-star vintage Brunello with America's wine drinkers," said Lamberto Frescobaldi, Vice President and Winemaker for Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. "Our 2004 Castelgiocondo Brunello is an exceptional wine that continues our tradition of producing leading Brunellos from this legendary estate."

The 2004 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (suggested retail: $68) is characterized by a deep and intense ruby red color and a rich bouquet, with mint and ripe fruit on the nose, followed by spicier notes of coffee on the finish.

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi wines are distributed by Folio Fine Wine Partners (http://www.foliowine.com) in the US.

The 2004 Castelgiocondo Brunello is being distributed at select fine wine retailers and restaurants nationally, including Morrell & Company and Sherry Lehmann in New York and Pantheon Wine Shoppe in Chicago. The wine is also available online at http://www.noblemerchants.com.

The Castel Giocondo estate, located in Montalcino near Siena, dates back to the 12th century when the castle was built to protect Siena's avenue to the sea. Frescobaldi acquired the estate, comprised of 815 hectares of which 235 hectares are planted largely with Sangiovese and Merlot, in 1989. With 152 hectares devoted entirely to the production of Brunello di Montalcino, Castel Giocondo is one of the largest and most prestigious estates in the entire Brunello zone. Castelgiocondo Brunellos are regularly awarded 90 points + in the Wine Spectator and win Tre Bicchieri ('3 Glasses') awards from Gambero Rosso, Italy's leading wine publication. The '97 Castelgiocondo Brunello was rated the 8th best wine in the world by the Wine Spectator.

About Marchesi de' Frescobaldi:
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, the leading wine producer of Tuscany and one of the most historic and respected wine companies in the world, combines centuries of tradition with progressive winemaking techniques and practices. Founded in the 14th century and a supplier of wines to the royal courts of Europe for generations, Frescobaldi is still a family-owned company today. Comprised of nine distinct estates totaling approximately 1,100 hectares, Frescobaldi only makes wines from grapes grown in its own vineyards. The company continually upgrades and modernizes its grape growing and winemaking operations while maintaining a relentless focus on quality, producing unique wines that express the individuality of each unique terroir from which they are produced.

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