Giramonte is Tenuta di Castiglioni's single-vineyard cru, produced in limited quantities from Merlot and Sangiovese. A rich, luminous red, it boasts a surprisingly ample, complex bouquet and velvet-smooth palate.
Giramonte appears a deep, rich purple-red, notable for its vibrancy and luminosity. In its complex aromatic array impressions of ripe fruit predominate, with raspberry and sour cherry first to emerge, followed by blackberry and dried plum. In the background are delicious toasty notes of cocoa powder, vanilla, and roast espresso bean. The palate impresses with its seductive mouthfeel, velvety texture, and spacious warmth. The tannins, fine-grained, elegant, and already well integrated into the structure, contribute to these impressions, as does a lively, crisp acidity. Its lengthy, well-balanced finish is nicely laced with aromatic fruit. Overall, Giramonte is a smooth wine that exhibits a fine balance of all of its components.
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Food Pairing Suggestions
Ideal with all roasts, grills, and barbecues, and with sauteed fillets of beef, but try it with delicate cheeses as well.
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Ratings & Reviews
90 points - Wine Spectator, September 30, 2011
94 points - Wine Spectator, Web Only, 2010
97 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2008
91 points - Wine Advocate #184, August 2009
94 points - Wine Spectator, Web Only, 2007
89 points - Wine Advocate #177, June 2008
94 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
90 points - Wine Advocate, June 2007
91 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2005