Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino

Montalcino, Italy

Vintage:2018 (Past)

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Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2018
  • V 93
  • TWI 93
  • VFTC 93
  • JR 17++/20


The Wine Independent

93 Points

February 23, 2023, Susan Hulme MW

“This 2018 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino shows plenty of sophisticated and subtle oak with coffee, spice, cedar, and cream notes on the nose. On the palate it is a very firm, robust style with chewy tannins that linger on the finish. There is medium concentration in the middle of red cherry and tart cherry fruit. It is quite an assertive style, but it feels a little less concentrated in the middle than usual, but it is still very well put together. This estate in the northern part of the Montalcino DOCG is the passionate project of one of Italy’s famous fashion designers Massimo Ferragamo and a luxury hotel is part of the property.”

View From the Cellar

93 Points

February 2023, John Gilman

“The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino from Castiglion del Bosco is an excellent young wine. The Sangiovese Grosso for this bottling is grown in the Capanna Vineyard, which sits at one of the higher elevations in Brunello and helps to mitigate some of the summer heat of our era of global warming. The wine offers up a lovely nose of cherries, a touch of blood orange, cigar wrapper, a lovely base of soil tones, brown spices, just a hint of fresh oregano and a deft framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully transparent in profile, with a lovely core of red fruit, excellent soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and fine length and grip on the poised, balanced and complex finish. This is a very fine, young bottle of classy Brunello; it will require plenty of cellaring before its tannins have softened up, but it is going to have a long and rewarding plateau of drinkability once it has blossomed. Beautifully old school in style! 2033- 2085.”

Vinous Media

93 Points

December 2022, Eric Guido

“A dusty blend of cedary spice, mentholated herbs, rose petals and sour cherry wafts up from the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino. It’s round and supple in feel, with floral-laced red and black fruits complemented by a subtle tinge of sweet spice. This leaves a bitter twang of sour berries, while a burst of residual acidity adds a cheek-puckering freshness, and a gentle tug of tannin slowly recedes. The 2018 has improved each time I’ve tasted it in the last five months, and it now shows the ruggedness of Northwestern Montalcino Sangiovese, but in a wonderfully balanced way.”

17++/20 Points

November 2022, Walter Speller

“Mid to deep ruby. Perfumed, spice nose with minerally notes. Fine polished fruit that is truly fresh. Long, grainy tannins. Lush and fresh at the same time.”


Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most prominent producers in Montalcino, both for the history of the estate and for its size, with 5,000 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 25 founding members. This extraordinary property whose origin dates back to the 12th century was acquired by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, who in turn totally restored the property to its original glory.

As Castiglion del Bosco‘s most representative wine, Brunello di Montalcino is an example of the Sangiovese grape‘s perfect symbiosis with the terroir of Montalcino.


Comes from a careful selection of grapes from vineyards located in the Capanna area of the estate, which lie at an altitude of 350 meters facing south, with a density of 4,500-5,600 vines per hectare. The soil is characterized by the presence of clay shale and gravel-pebble, a terroir ideally suited to the production of Sangiovese. The influences of the sea are felt in this area with hot, dry summers and constant winds that remove moisture. The richness of the ”galestro“ stone in the soil gives the wine its unique aroma, complexity and structure.

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. Alcoholic fermentation lasts for 18 days at a constant temperature of 82.4°F. After malolactic fermentation, the Brunello is transferred to French oak barriques (20% new oak barrels, 80% first and second passage barriques). Aged for 24 months in french oak barrels and 24 months in bottle before being released in the fifth year after the harvest.

Tasting Notes

Brunello 2018 expresses all the peculiarity of the challenging vintage. In the glass, the wine is deep ruby red in color. On the nose, it is very intense and broad, showing off the typical notes of the denomination: small red berries, black cherries, a hint of spices. In the palate, it is complex and deep, with an elegant and refreshing finish, thanks to the excellent acidity. 

Harvest Notes

The 2018 vintage has been a challenge for everyone, both man and vines. The fresh and rainy spring made the plants vegetation very intense. The management of the green required a lot of attention and work to allow the plant to have the necessary vegetative balance. These weather conditions continued during the first part of summer, which was characterized by cool days and heavy rains. The end of summer was hot and dry and allowed a good maturation, even if slightly earlier than the usual. Grapes showed excellent acidity and rather low sugar content, perfect for fresh and vibrant wines.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Sangiovese