91 Points “French oak, tobacco and exotic spice aromas emerge in the glass. The firm, full-bodied palate delivers dried black cherry, raspberry compote, vanilla and licorice flavors, framed by assertive but fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2027.”
91 Points "Rich, plummy and laced with earth, woodsy and tobacco notes, this red is balanced and structured. Long and fresh on the finish, presenting an aftertaste of fruit and leather. Best from 2017 though 2028."
89 Points "Plum, vanilla, sunbaked earth and espresso aromas take shape in the glass. The structured palate offers dried red cherry, roasted coffee bean and vanilla alongside fine-grained tannins that clutch the finish."
92 Points "Sporting a new label design, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino represents a philosophical divide from previous vintages. In the past, Castiglion del Bosco was focused on soft and immediate Brunellos for near-term consumption. Despite the warm conditions of the 2011 growing season, this wine shows far more elegance, nuance and grace than I expected. This massive property is comprised of various vineyard sites for more blending possibilities. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, cola and grilled herb. The tannins are silky but long in terms of persistence."
94 Points "Complex and elegant, with cherry, licorice, leather and incense flavors. The firm grip of tannins quickly takes over, but this is long, echoing leather and spice. Best from 2019 through 2035."
94 Points "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a ripe and fruit-forward expression that bursts with energy and red fruit intensity even at this young stage in the wine's life. Thick layers of cherry, blackberry, cassis, vanilla and cinnamon give the wine a bold, opulent personality. The tannins are super tame and docile, even for this more structured vintage. The wine boasts a medium build with bright garnet and ruby highlights. I think Castiglion del Bosco does a great job of executing and delivering this softer style of Brunello that works so well as a companion to the hearty, wintery foods we love most. You can drink it in the near or long term. It has that level of aging flexibility. The 2010 vintage is a great one to taste and buy."
91 Points "Castiglion del Bosco 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is expressive and beautifully layered in the glass. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, spices, mint and worn-in leather open up nicely in the glass. The flavors are dark and bold throughout, with plenty of mid-palate sweetness that gives the wines its upfront appeal and sense of immediacy. At the same, time, though, there is plenty of supporting structure. This is one of the more open 2010s readers will come across. As such, it is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. The creamy, textured finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal today."
96 Points "Fabulous aromas of orange, peaches and mahogany follow through to a full body, with rich and chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. This is dense and tight and powerful. It is compressed and incredibly structured. Needs four to five years of bottle age to come out of it domancy."
90 Points "Medium red. Fresh red fruits, licorice, violet and minerals on the enticing nose. Broad and lush in the mouth...Boasts very good energy and inner-mouth perfume to its red berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with big but sweet tannins and excellent length."
90 Points "An aromatic red, offering cherry, floral and mushroom notes, with spice and savory licorice and tobacco flavors. On the lean, sinewy side, yet intense and persistent. Best from 2017 through 2026."
90 Points The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is especially evocative of the vintage with evolved notes of dried rose petal, dark cherry spice and cola. The wine is supple and large, but not exaggeratedly so. Ruby highlights emerge from a dark garnet color and earthy endnotes are followed by dried tobacco and leather. It is best suited for near-term consumption and should already come into its own within the next year or two. Drink: 2015-2020.
91 Points This is a delicate, fruity wine with dried strawberries and flowers. Medium body with fine tannins and a clean finish. It’s so delicious. Drink or hold.
91+ Points "This bright red wine features captivating aromas of candied red cherry, dried redcurrant, cinnamon and faded flowers. it is rich and dense, with flavors of superripe red cherry, sweet spices and sweet oak. the finish is peppery, clean and long. This is a very impressive wine, and so well balanced that you won't even notice the 15% alcohol."
90 Points "A modern style, offering flashes of vanilla and toast balanced with rich cherry and loamy earth flavors."
92 Points "This beautiful wine presents the round and velvety side of Sangiovese Grosso, with lingering tones of dark fruit, prune, chocolate and spice. The wine shows structure and acidity at the back for long aging potential and sports a modern, soft personality overall."
91 Points "A modern style, laced with vanilla, toast, cherry and mineral flavors. This wine has a moderate length, but also juicy acidity, so give this some time. Best from 2014 through 2024."
92 Points “Smoke and dark fruit, with a touch of drying mineral and softer background tones of chocolate and rum cake. There’s a very polished, dry feel to this wine. The oak notes are still integrating, and the finish is tight and firm.”
90 Points The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino sweeps across the palate with layers of soft, textured fruit. Sweet red cherries, licorice, leather, flowers and tobacco are all woven together nicely. The 2007 should be approachable pretty much upon release given its voluptuous, caressing personality.
90 Points "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino sweeps across the palate with layers of soft, textured fruit. Sweet red cherries, licorice, leather, flowers and tobacco are all woven together nicely. The 2007 should be approachable pretty much upon release given its voluptuous, caressing personality."
94+ Points "The single-vineyard 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is a beautiful wine with immediate and contemporary appeal. The wine sports a darkly concentrated color with pretty saturation and density. This is a modern Brunello that will appeal to those who appreciate a soft and more approachable style. That said, the wine does a great job of offering complexity and nuance as well. Don't underestimate Campo del Drago. It offers a formidable presentation that is infused with dark cherry, spice, leather and balsam herb. Honestly, I can't help but find it irresistible. Give it another two or three years to flesh out from cellar aging."
93 Points "Bright and fruity yet I like the rich and decadent palate of chocolate and berries. Medium to full body and silky tannins. Savory finish. Drink now."
94 Points "Sweet cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and barbecue smoke play supporting roles on the bouquet of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago. This is a broad and richly extracted Tuscan red that shows soft tannins, beautiful smoothness and rich consistency. This vintage also shows an impressive level of power and intensity that adds muscle, but that also shows good balance and integration. It makes sense to hold off from drinking this wine for the next five years."
96 Points "A very perfumed, sexy red with blueberry, dark chocolate, walnut skin, cedar and hints of mahogany. This is very deep and dense with a wonderful core of ripe fruit and freshness. Some new wood showing now, giving it a vanilla undertone. Wonderful finish with a toasted-coconut and berry character. Single-vineyard Brunello."
92 Points You’ll recognize the estate’s aromatic signature, thanks to those supple tones of vanilla and sweet baking spice back by black fruit, grilled herb and chopped mint. There’s a note of something sensual and wild in the bouquet. Drink: 2017-2022.
92 Points Aromas of walnuts and dark berries with hints of flowers and smoked meat. Full body with chewy tannins and delicious fruit. This is a wine that needs another year or two but it’s already so delicious.
90 Points A rich, muscular style, with vanilla-tinged cherry and plum flavors. The tannins are dense and unrelenting now, around a core of sweet fruit and ample spice on the finish. For fans of the modern style. Best from 2016 through 2030.
92 Points "The estate’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is materially more interesting and complex than the straight bottling. Freshly cut flowers, tobacco, mint, dark raspberries and smoke aromas jump from the glass as this vibrant, beautifully delineated wine shows off its class. The 2008 impresses for its vibrancy, nuance and detail. It can be enjoyed upon release, although the firm tannins require some aeration to soften. This is a terrific showing from Castiglion del Bosco and a major step up from the straight bottling."
91 Points Cherry cola and licorice open the nose of this dark, brooding Brunello. At this young stage, the wine feels slightly sharp and raw in the mouth and it definitely needs another three to five years of cellar aging. Brambly oak and spice give it a zesty and spicy finish.
93 Points A full, rich, sumptuous red, featuring cedar, incense, cherry, tobacco and earth flavors. Fresh and lively, displaying warmth and hints of wild Mediterranean scrub. The lingering aftertaste echoes the wild herb and tobacco notes. Best from 2016 through 2027.
93 Points "Youthful, bright and direct in its bold cherry and blueberry aromas. Vinous, chewy and raw with more evolution ahead. Chewy density with bold concentration and ripe fruit."
90 Points "Offering a combination of richness and elegance, this red offers black cherry, black currant, bitter chocolate, spice and tobacco notes, married to a solid structure. Austere on the finish, yet long. Best from 2016 through 2023."
92 Points "This is really beautiful with gorgeous sexy ripe fruit and chocolate character. It's a beautiful combination of fruit and wood. Full and velvety textured with a rich and intense finish. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese. ...From a top Brunello producer."
90 Points "Mature black plum, roasted coffee bean, sunbaked earth and vanilla aromas emerge in the glass. The structured concentrated palate offers dried cherry, raspberry jam, espresso and clove alongside fine-grained tannins. A touch of cinnamon closes the finish. Enjoy 2018–2024."
90 Points “This opens with ripe black plum, vanilla and new leather aromas. The concentrated, full-bodied palate offers mature black cherry, clove, tobacco and black pepper flavors over a matrix of assertive, close-grained tannins. Drink 2018–2025.”
94 Points "Austere and monolithic, with new oak framing the cherry and blackberry fruit. Shows an element of ripe fruit sweetness midpalate, finishing with a solid structure and excellent length. The oak integrates with aeration, but this remains a thoroughly modern style of Brunello. Best from 2018 through 2032."
91 Points “This opens with aromas of spiced plum, oak, vanilla and leather. The smooth, concentrated palate offers ripe black cherry, juicy raspberry, mocha, clove, tobacco, black pepper and licorice alongside velvety tannins. Drink 2015–2023.”
91 Points "A good lashing of new oak lends vanilla and resinous aromas and flavors to this red. Given some air, floral, sweet berry, mushroom and woodsy notes emerge along with an elegant, vibrant core. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2025."
91 Points "Scents of dried black fruits, medicinal herbs, black tea and smoke indicate an evolved wine, the maturity reflected in balsamic notes and flavors of bitter chocolate, licorice, rum and kirsch. Complex and savory, it would make a compelling match with Peking duck."
90 Points Best Tuscan Reds "Brunello producer Castiglion del Bosco owns the 25-acre Prima Pietra estate in Riparbella, where a vineyard of densely planted Bordeaux varieties grows on a hillside facing the Tyrrhenian Sea. Aged 18 months in French oak barriques, it's intensely concentrated, the purple fruit flavors edged in vanilla, anise, cedar and black spices. The oak flavors and alcohol are prominent now, but the fruit shows good purity and verve that will reward a few years of cellar time.”
90 Points "The 2011 Prima Pietra is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine offers bold spice aromas with generous layers of black fruit and plum at the back. The results are opulent and lush. This is a big wine with broad shoulders, a soft personality and integrated tannins."
93 Points RECOMMENDED "A polished style, whose creamy texture envelops the plum, black cherry, tar and spice flavors. An element of bitter chocolate chimes in as this glides to the long, palate-saturating finish. Muscular and well-integrated overall. Best from 2017 through 2026."
95 Points "Wonderful purity of cabernet sauvignon fruit to this wine with blackcurrants, wet earth and pomace undertones. Full body, velvety and softly textured tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A wonderfully balanced Bordeaux blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot from the Tuscan hillside coastline. Drink or hold."
91 Points This is fragrant, with black currant, herb and cedar flavors, turning leaner and tighter on the palate. Hints of black olive and tobacco linger on the persistent finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2023.
93 Points "This is complex and complete on the nose with blackberries, minerals and currants. Full body, with chewy tannins and a lightly toasted, berry and vanilla undertone. A beautiful Bordeaux blend from the hills overlooking the Tuscany coast."
96 Points Aromas of currants and raspberries with hints of licorice and mint. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and wonderful length. This is very, very classic. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Stunning third edition bottle of this Bordeaux blend from Massimo Ferragamo from his vineyards in Ripabella. Try in 2015.
92 Points "...the tannins are velvety, firm and do a great job of supporting the bright flavors of black fruit and spice.”
93 Points Gorgeous blueberry and lavender, with hints of other flowers and also rosemary. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins. A tiny bit reserved now, but will come out beautiful with bottle age. From Massimo Ferragamo's wine estate in Riparbella. Best in 2014.
91 Points "With a mouthful of juicy raspberry, this red also evokes spice and mineral flavors. It is harmonious and ready to enjoy, with fine length and hints of licorice and tobacco on the finish."
90 Points Bright red-ruby. Pungently fruity aromas of raspberry, red cherry jam and balsamic spices. Rich, ripe and pure, offering balsamic dark cherry and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes with a cola-like note, delicately peppery, noble tannins and plenty of ripe fruit. This lovely Rosso di Montalcino offers more fruit and less herbs and spices than does this producer's Brunellos.
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