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 the 20 hectare Guaggiole vineyard on the northern side of the estate which lies at altitude of 260-300 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly clay resulting in a structured Rosso. Vines are spur pruned, cordon trained and planted at a density of 4,500 vines per hectare.
The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunches are pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 28° for 15 days. After fermentation, the juice is matured in French barriques, 20% new and 80% second passage, for six months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further six months in bottle before release.
The grapes were harvested in the second half of September.
A ruby red hue and delicate bouquet announce a remarkably luscious wine, well balanced and firmly structured, with a long-lingering finish.
Serve with aubergine or mushroom dishes, lasagne or meat based pasta.
Serve at 16°C.
91 points Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson, October 2013
“A mouthful of juicy raspberry, this red also evokes spice and mineral flavours. Harmonious and ready to enjoy, with fine length and hints of liquorice and tobacco on the finish. Drink now through 2018.”
Rosso di Montalcino DOC
100% Sangiovese Grosso