Castiglion del Bosco Millecento Brunello
June 30, 2017, Bruce Sanderson
“Black cherry, black currant and plum flavors are shaded by leather and tobacco notes in this opulent red. Well-integrated and long, fading gracefully, with accents of iron, leather and earth. Best from 2018 through 2030.”
May 1, 2017, Kerin O’Keefe
“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.”
The Wine Advocate
February 28, 2017, Monica Larner
“The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento sees fruit sourced from a vineyard of that same name that was planted in 1998. The castle that dominates the Castiglion del Bosco property was once an military fortress built to defend Montalcino against its rowdy neighbors in Siena and Florence. This wine is aged in large oak casks for three years. Only 6,000 bottles are made. The bouquet offers enticing tones of spice and dark fruit with rustic garden herb and wild mushroom thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel is extremely polished and fine. This is a very elegant wine that drinks beautifully right now.”
November 21, 2016, James Suckling
“A ripe and succulent red with chocolate and dried berry character. Medium to full body, soft tannins and a tangy finish. Delicious now.”
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.
Riserva Millecento is the highest expression of Sangiovese from the Capanna vineyard. First released with the 2004 vintage and produced only in exceptional growing years, this Brunello Riserva is the fruit of a meticulous selection of estate-grown grapes. It matures in four of the barrels from the Le Chêne de Morat, the famous centuries-old oak from which French coopers made 120 barrels.
Millecento Brunello Riserva is harvested in mid-October and spends 22 days in stainless steel tanks at 82.4°F. The wine matures for 36 months in French oak barriques: 35% new, and 65% once or twice used. The wine is then aged in bottle for 36 months. 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.
The soil has a presence of clay shale and pebble-gravel and the vineyard's elevation ranges from 350 to 450 meters. A spurred cordon training system is used. This wine is only produced in magnums and 1,100 bottles are produced — a nod to Castiglion del Bosco's founding year.
Millecento Brunello Riserva has a truly distinctive personality and is a complex, warm-toned, and seductive wine.
2011 was distinguished by an advance of about 15 days in the vegetative growth due to warmer temperatures. The months of May and June were wet, with some warm and sunny stints. The beginning of summer, being cool and rainy, maintained good water reserves in the soil, creating a solid balance in the vineyard without excessive vegetative progress. The high temperatures in the late summer slowed down the vegetative growth and the grapes accumulated good levels of sugar. The harvest began slightly earlier than average and was completed by mid-October.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Aging: 36 months in 30hl French oak barrels and 6 months in cement tanks