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 Bolgheri 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 are grown in a well-ventilated vineyard at 450 metres above sea level, 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
20 days’ fermentation in stainless steel tanks and concrete casks at a temperature of 28C – at this stage varieties are kept separate. 18 months in French oak barriques (50% new). For the first 10 months, grapes are matured separately before being blended before the last 8 months of maturation.
Excellent vintage with perfect conditions. A cool September led to a long maturation period and very complex aromas as a result. Slow, but complete ripening. Very balanced vintage. The Merlot was harvested mid-September, the Cabernet Franc at the end of September and the Cabernet Sauvignon in early October.
Intense ruby red in colour. Ripe red fruits and wild berry aromas on the nose, alongside herbs and toasted almonds. The palate is rich and complex with excellent smoothness and length. The tannins are firm, yet melt in the mouth. Excellent balance. Long finish with notes of fried fruit.
Game, steak and monkfish.
Maremma, Toscana IGT
78% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Cabernet Franc