Castiglion del Bosco Millecento Brunello
The Wine Advocate
June 29, 2018, Monica Larner
“The Castiglion del Bosco 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento offers toasted notes of espresso and roasted nut in a first aromatic wave. After that, you get dark, plump fruit with candied cherry and crème de cassis. Those rich flavors are tied tightly together at the core, resulting in balance and unity. This wine is made according to criteria that emphasizes both richness and smoothness.”
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 20-25 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.
The 2012 Millecento Brunello Riserva has a rich bouquet that indicates the great finesse and elegance of this sangiovese. The complexity and harmony give great balance along with long persistence in the mouth.
2012 will be remembered as an extremely hot vintage. Winter 2011/12 in Montalcino was particularly cold and snowy. The beginning of the growing season occurred during the second week of April, in line with the previous vintages. Summer, on the contrary, was very hot will little rain. The depth of the root systems allowed the vines to overcome water stress. The rain of early September restored balance and created the best conditions for maturation. The wines resulting from this vintage have a very rich nose, good acidity, and balanced alcohol content.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Aging: 36 months in 30hl French oak barrels and 6 months in cement tanks