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. Ferragamo also bought an 11 hectare estate, Prima Pietra, near Riparbella, north of Bolgeri in the Maremma. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.
The grapes for Dainero are grown in a well-ventilated vineyard at 450 metres, with a constant breeze from the Mediterranean. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 9,600 vines per hectare. The soils are a mix of gravel and iron rich clay giving concentration to the wine.
The grapes are hand-picked and transported to Montalcino for vinification. The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 28° for 15 days. After fermentation, the wine is matured in French barriques, 30% new and 70% second passage, for six months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further six months in bottle before release.
The Merlot grapes were harvested in the first 10 days of September and the Sangiovese, at the end of September.
Ruby red in colour, this finely-balanced wine releases intense notes of fruit and spice, it is full-bodied and well-rounded in the mouth.
Serve with aubergine or mushroom dishes, lasagne or red meat dishes.
Serve at 16°C.
Riparbella, Toscana IGT