Castiglion del Bosco CdBianco
Vintage: 2014 (Current) | 2015 (Pending)
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.
Grapes come from small local providers are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small 20kg crates. The grapes are pressed and rest at a temperature of 41°F for 48 hours before fermentation. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel. At the end of the fermentation process, the wine matured a few months sur lie in French oak barrels, then the final blend was assembled and bottled. The entire vinification process is carried out in their 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.
A rich, complex wine of superb elegance and balance that marries eloquent varietal expressions of chardonnay with notes of spice from barrique-ageing. Its well-structured palate boasts a smooth, appealing mouthfeel, while the finish is nearly endless.
Excellent with pasta dishes with white sauces, fish dishes and soft cheeses.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay