Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello
Vintage: 2013 (Current)
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.”
Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most prominent producers in Montalcino, both for the history of the estate and for its size, with 2,500 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 seven founding members. This extraordinary property whose origin dates back to the 12th century was acquired by Massimo Ferragamo in 2004, who in turn totally restored the property to its original glory.
Campo del Drago Brunello is Castiglion del Bosco‘s top-of-the-range red. It is an extremely elegant and complex expression of the Sangiovese grape and comes from the Capanna vineyard, characterized by excellent exposure and optimum soil and climatic conditions. This wine has great power and personality and represents a wonderful combination of tradition and innovation.
This wine is made exclusively from grapes gathered from a single Cru located in the area of the property named Capanna, featuring a terroir of great complexity. The Capanna vineyard stands at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level facing south. The soil is characterized by clay shale and gravel-pebble, making the area ideally suited to the production of Sangiovese. In this area the influence of the sea is strongly felt with hot, dry summers and constant winds that remove moisture.
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
Suggested Retail Price: $86.99