Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello

Montalcino, Italy

Vintage:2015 (Past)

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Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello 2015
  • JS 98
  • WA 95+
  • WE 93
  • V 92+
  • W&S 91


The Wine Advocate

95+ Points

October 15, 2020, Monica Larner

“Only made in the best vintages, this release of 7,000 bottles represents the top-end wine from Castiglion del Bosco. Fruit is drawn from the magnificent Campo del Drago, which is a vineyard on a high plateau located in one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of the appellation, with endless views spanning toward the Tyrrhenian Sea. The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago is robust and shapely with blackberry, plum, toasted spice and tilled earth. Showing beautifully balanced results, this cru offers good length and power to the mouthfeel.”

Wine Enthusiast

93 Points

July 1, 2020, Kerin O'Keefe

“At first shy, a few swirls of the glass reveal pipe tobacco, sunbaked earth, dark spice and menthol aromas. Enveloping and elegantly structured, it's already almost accessible, offering baked plum, star anise and espresso alongside velvety tannins.”

Vinous Media

92+ Points

April 2020, Ian d'Agata

“Bright, deep red with ruby tinges. Ripe, expressive yet delicate aromas of red fruits, menthol, flowers and wild herbs. Silky and round on entry, then slightly tougher and chewy in the middle, with some smoky oak showing at the back. Large-scaled but not yet creamy or filled in, finishing with some slightly tough oak tannins. Forget about this in your cellar for five years at least.”

Wine & Spirits

91 Points

April 2020, Stephanie Johnson

“From a 3.7 acre plot in Montalcino's northern sector, this wine shows the warmth of the 2015 vintage in its mulled cherry flavors. The wine rested for two years in French oak barriques and some larger barrels, gaining thick, chewy tannins and notes of anise, toffee and espresso. Its bold flavors and rich texture will appeal to fans of Russian River Valley pinot noir.”

98 Points

October 4, 2019, James Suckling

“This is the best Campo del Drago I have ever had. It really shows the unique character of the elevated single vineyard of 1.5 hectares. Black cherries and flowers with hints of sandalwood and tree bark. Always pure and beautiful. Medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. Lightly salty character to the cherry and berry flavors. Extremely long and beautiful. Drink after 2021.”


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.

Campo del Drago is a single-vineyard Brunello that comes from the finest and highest parcel of Capanna vineyard, 3.5 acres at 450 meters with the best exposure. Displaying a noble personality and structure, it has a unique character and a great aging potential. It matures two years in French oak. This wine has great power and personality and represents a wonderful combination of tradition and innovation.


The wine vats are filled by gravity alone, without resorting to mechanical pumps. 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 in steel tanks starts with natural yeasts only, once completed, the wines are transferred to French oak in a spacious, climate-controlled cellar that is partially underground, where it refined for 24 months, partly in barriques and partly in 30-50 HL French oak barrels. This was followed by refinement in unglazed concrete prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

A nervy, complete and characterful wine. On the nose and palate, it harmoniously enshrines outstanding characteristics: crisp, ripe fruit with superb balsamic nuances, well-integrated acidity and exceptional tannic quality. Campo Del Drago 2015 best expresses itself in the long term, with an incredible proclivity for extremely long aging.

Harvest Notes

2015 was a textbook vintage in terms of the climate and the exceptional quality of the grapes. July and August were hot and dry, and the soil's water reserves, which accumulated in the spring, helped to counteract the heat, leading to a superb vintage, which benefitted from day-night temperature swings in September, hence the perfect ripening of the berries. The coolness of the weeks in the run-up to the harvest resulted in the perfect concentration of the aromas and ideal tannic maturation. The handpicked grapes were healthy and integral, boasting small bunches and sparse berries, while the sugar content and acidity were exceptional. The Campo del Drago vineyard parcel was harvested on 29 September, earlier than previous years.  The altitude of the vineyard enabled excellent tannic maturation in a complete and varied year. If the wines fully express the potential of the grapes, exceptional quality is guaranteed. 

Food Pairing

Excellent with red meats and game.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Sangiovese

Soil Composition: Galestro

Aging: 24 months in French oak barriques, 6 months in concrete tanks