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 followed by 18 months in French oak barriques (50% new).
A cool and rainy summer with a high level of vegetative growth. Even ripening and sizes of bunches. Harvest was later than the surrounding area thanks to the very elevated position and high diurnal range. Very fresh and balanced wine as a result.
Fresh grass, bright red berry aromas and a balsamic note on the nose. On the palate, rich and smooth with fine-grained tannins. Very balanced with a long, fresh finish.
Game, steak and monkfish.
Maremma, Toscana IGT
100% Cabernet Franc