Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most prominent producers in Montalcino, both for the history of the estate and for its size. In 1967, when the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino was born, Castiglion del Bosco was one of its 25 founding members. This extraordinary property whose origin dates back to the 12th century was totally restored the property to its original glory starting in 2003.
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.
2019 was an exceptional year for each of the individual varieties characterized by great varietal expressions. A dry winter and a regular spring brought an excellent vegetative recovery of the vines—late thanks to the particularly cool month of May. The excellent vegetative balance contributed to slow and regular ripening during the dry but not excessively hot summer. A perfect climate with rains in late summer allowed a vintage of exceptional quality. Quantity limited by the smaller weight of the bunches.
Brilliant 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, combining the power of the merlot with the freshness of the vineyard.
Serve with aubergine or mushroom dishes, lasagne or red meat dishes.
Serve at 16°C.
“Currant and blackberry character with hints of spices on the nose. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins and a bright, vivid finish. Delicious now, but even better in 2023.”
93 Points – James Suckling
Riparbella, Toscana IGT