Castiglion del Bosco Rosso di Montalcino
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.
Castiglion del Bosco‘s Rosso di Montalcino comes from a careful selection of grapes from the Gauggiole vineyard, located on the Northern side of the estate at a height of 250 meters above sea level. It is characterized by a medium soil, mostly clay, with a hot, dry summer microclimate and wetter conditions in winter and spring. These are the ideal conditions for a fresh, fruity, aromatic Sangiovese wine. Density is approximately 4,500 plants per hectare. The average annual yield is 50 hl per hectare, with an average production of 70 quintals per hectare. The training system is spurred cordon. 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. A pleasant, modern wine that represents a fresh and well-rounded expression of the Sangiovese grape. Its intense varietal aromas are the result of a combination of tradition and modern techniques in the cellar. Careful hand selection of the cluster and grapes is carried out before pressing. The stainless wine vats are filled by gravity alone, without resorting to mechanical pumps. Fermentation in stainless steel lasts for 15 days at a constant temperature of 82.4°F. After the malolactic fermentation, the Rosso di Montalcino is transferred to French oak barriques (20% new oak barrels, 80% first and second use) where it ages for six months. Before being released on the market, the wine ages further for 6 months in bottle.
A ruby red hue and delicate bouquet announce a remarkably luscious wine, well balanced and firmly structured, with a long-lingering finish. Its unique versatility makes it suitable for everyday drinking.
2014 was one of the most unusual vintages in terms of climate, characterized by a rainy yet mild winter, which led to a slight advance in the vegetative growth. A cool spring and early summer temperatures restored the balance. Stable vine growth was ensured thanks to the all-important presence of water in the soil, and a relatively wet summer with mild temperatures. Grapes ripened slowly and evenly, stimulating the synthesis of very interesting primary aromas. Attentive vineyard management allowed for an early October harvest with healthy grapes.
Excellent with pasta dishes with meat sauces and tomatoes, red meat and medium aged cheeses.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
New Oak: 20%
Suggested Retail Price: $24.00