Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello
The Wine Advocate
June 29, 2018, Monica Larner
“The Campo del Drago vineyard sits at a higher elevation in a beautiful, shallow amphitheater on the road above the Castiglion del Bosco winery. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is a darkly saturated and rich wine that offers a soft and contemporary expression of Sangiovese. The tannins are buried deep within the wine's layered textural richness. Only 6,000 bottles were made.”
April 25, 2018, Bruce Sanderson
“Verging on plum and savory mineral flavors, this red is plump and supported by a firm backbone. Leather, iron, sanguine and saline notes prevail as this remains long and vibrant. Best from 2022 through 2036.”
February 15, 2018, Michael Morris
“This selection is crafted from a 1.5ha plot found at the highest point of the vineyard, at an altitude of 460 metres. It sees a greater percentage of barriques than the regular Brunello, and is a deeper, more structured wine. While it doesn't have the aromatic exuberance of the former, it does offer a compelling earthiness along will greater capability for ageing, and it should be more revealing with time. Only 6,000 bottles produced.”
Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most prominent producers in Montalcino, both for the history of the estate and for its size, with 5,000 acres unchanged in the last 400 years. 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 acquired by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, who in turn totally restored the property to its original glory.
As Castiglion del Bosco‘s most representative wine, Brunello di Montalcino is an example of the Sangiovese grape‘s perfect symbiosis with the terroir of Montalcino.
Campo del Drago is a single-vineyard Brunello that comes from the finest and highest parcel of Capanna vineyard, 3.5 acres at 450 meters with the best exposure. Displaying a noble personality and structure, it has a unique character and a great aging potential. It matures two years in French oak. This wine has great power and personality and represents a wonderful combination of tradition and innovation.
The wine vats are filled by gravity alone, without resorting to mechanical pumps. The entire vinification process is carried out in Castiglion del Bosco’s cellar, completely gravity-fed. The grapes are quality-selected in the vineyards first, then the clusters travel to sorting tables where trained eyes make a further selection of the finest fruit. Fermentation starts with natural yeasts only, once completed, the wines are transferred to French oak in a spacious, climate-controlled cellar that is partially underground.
Excellent with red meats and game.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14%
Aging: 24 months in French oak barriques, 6 months in concrete tanks
Suggested Retail Price: $86.99