Casisano estate was founded in 1990, and was acquired by the Tommasi family in 2015 after years of searching for an estate that responded to their desire to construct an important, top-quality project in the area.
The Tommasis’ philosophy, especially in Montalcino, is that of upholding the prestige of the region, preserving its identity and seeking to express its potential to the full. Casisano Estate is located on a natural terrace at 480 meters a.s.l. overlooking the southern-eastern area of Montalcino. The estate counts 22 hectares under vines, 9 of which are dedicated to the production of Brunello and 7 to the production of Rosso di Montalcino. The altitude and the great diversity of the soils allow the production of very complex and expressive wines, able to combine elegance and structure.
The vineyards of Casisano are located high in the hills, to the south-east of Montalcino on a 53 hectare estate. Situated at 480m above sea level, the soils are a mosaic of galestro, sandstone, marl, and are of volcanic origin. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean breezes, and stay well-ventilated and dry with optimal diurnal ranges; all ideal for keeping the grapes healthy. 9 hectares of vineyards are devoted exclusively to the production of Brunello; the Cordon Spur-trained vines face south-east; the mixed soil is rich in stones and galestro (schistous clay).
The Sangiovese grapes are picked by hand and then undergo traditional vinification with maceration on the skins for around 25 days. Maturation for 3 years in Slavonian oak casks with a maximum capacity of 60 hl followed by 6 months’ bottle-age.
2016 was a dream vintage for winemakers. Warm but not excessive weather, with well timed rainfall and good diurnal temperatures. It was a normal ripening vintage, with and a slightly later harvest. A textbook Sangiovese vintage, with excellent balance producing age-worthy wines of profound depth and structure.
Deep ruby red with a garnet tinge in colour, the nose reveals all the elegant and fresh complexity of the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese. It displays a very attractive harmony on the palate, with rich fruit combining with velvety tannins, and an amazingly long finish.
Perfect for accompanying rich game dishes, grilled red meats or mature cheeses.
Serve at 18º C
94 Points James Suckling
Subtle aromas of sweet berries and flowers with some cedar and cured meat. It’s firm and very creamy with ripe tannins and a soft, pretty finish. Lovely ripeness at the end. Drinkable now, but better in two or three years.
93 Points Wine Spectator
There is a mix of cherry, currant, plum, leather, spice and sanguine flavors highlighting this stylish, yet firmly-structured red. Harmonious, the ripe fruit balances resonant tannins, ending with a fine iron-tinged finish.
93 Points Vinous
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows a classic bouquet with a mix of dried cherries and strawberries, complemented by shavings of cedar, cinnamon, leather and dusty earth. Soft, silky textures soothe as tart woodland berries, salty minerals and fine tannins saturate, creating a youthfully poised expression. Tension remains high throughout the structured finale, yet with plenty of primary fruit to balance.
Sangiovese Grosso 100%