2014 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy (750ml)
This 2014 Brunello di Montalcino comes from the 42 hectare Capanna Vineyard which faces the Mediterranean Sea. It was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 24 months in French oak barrels and in bottle for another three years, as per the aging requirements for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
It's a classic Brunello from a very good vintage that is showing quite well now even though it has a long life ahead. Cherry, earth, tobacco, mushroom, white pepper and a beautiful minerally finish abound in this medium-to-full bodied silky, pure gem. Castiglion del Bosco has origins dating as far back as 600 BC. In modern times, the estate was one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the consortium created in 1967 to regulate the quality of Brunello di Montalcino wines. Castiglion del Bosco is located within the Val d’Orcia, the strip of land that follows the Orcia River between the zones of Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which was named ‘outstanding universal value’ by the World Heritage Committee in 1972, and is therefore a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2003, Massimo Ferragamo, who owns Tenuta di Prima Pietra in the upper Maremma town of Riparbella, purchased the estate and began restoring the vineyards and winery, constructing a brand new gravity flow cellar a year later built into the side of the hill. It sounds like quite the beautiful estate with nine private villas and a resort hotel complete with a private golf club. The entire property extends to 2,000 hectares, most of which is forested land with organically grown crops as well as 62 hectares of organically farmed Sangiovese divided into two distinct vineyards with different soil, aspects and terroir.