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.
Following a small crop in 2017, the 2018 vintage was back to a normal crop. While warm, the heat wasn’t as excessive as elsewhere in Europe, and the resultant wines are silky, elegant and have a surprising level of freshness.
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.