Castiglion del Bosco Chardonnay
Vintage: 2016 (Current)
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.
Quality-selected grapes that come from a small local provider are harvested by hand and are then transported to the winery in 20kg crates. The clusters travel to sorting tables where trained eyes make a further selection of the finest fruit. The grapes are pressed and rest at a temperature of 41°F for 48 hours before fermentation. Fermentation starts with natural yeasts and takes place in stainless steel tanks. At the end of the fermentation process, the wine rests several months in stainless steel tanks. The final blend is then assembled and bottled. The entire vinification process is carried out in the cellar, completely gravity-fed.
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.
Both winter and spring were mild in 2016, contributing to early budding, and remarkable vegetation for the wines. Summer was cool, slowing air and balancing the ripening process. Thus, this excellent vintage shows ripe tannins, rich colors, and very good acidity. Harvest started slightly earlier than usual, but was completed in mid-October.
The ripeness of the grapes brought great balance; rich wines with outstanding elegance are to be expected.
Excellent with pasta dishes with white sauces, fish dishes and soft cheeses.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 12%
Suggested Retail Price: $26.99