Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate. The estate, with 62 hectares of vineyards (51 of which are permitted for Brunello production) is located in the Val d’Orcia National Park, a UNESCO site, to the north west of Montalcino, near Buonconvento. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.
The grapes are sourced from a top Chardonnay growing vineyard near Cortona.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 12°C. After fermentation, the wine is matured on its lees in French barriques for five months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further three months in bottle before release.
Both winter and spring were mild in 2016, leading to early budding. Summer was cool, slowing and balancing the ripening process. Thus, this excellent vintage shows ripe tannins, rich colours and excellent acidity.
Harvest started earlier than usual, yet was completed in mid-October as is to be expected for the finest Montalcino vintages.
The ripeness of the grapes brought great balance to the finished wine, producing rich wines with outstanding elegance.
This rich, fragrant and complex wine is elegant and balanced. Partial vinification in oak enhances its varietal aromatic components and adds a hint of delicate spice.