In a nutshell: A youthful and fresh Tuscan red from the hills around Montalcino.
The lowdown: Rosso de Montalcino is the baby brother DOC of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wines made in the same part of Tuscany. Indeed, Castiglion del Bosco are one of Brunello's most prestigious producers. 2015, an excellent growing year, saw the first release of the Gauggiole cru and fewer than 6,500 bottles of this were made. After fermentation the wine was aged for 6 months in a mix of new and second use French barriques before bottling and further ageing for 6 months before release. The wine is wonderfully elegant and refreshing with bright, ripe cherry flavours and a fine mineral stucture held together with as subtle tannic backbone.
When to drink: A good pair with things like chargrilled chicken.
Castiglion del Bosco, one of the founding members of the 'Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino' established in 1967, starting producing wine in 1954. Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco has been revitalised, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, and has now been restored to its position as a leading Brunello estate. The estate is located in the Val d'Orcia National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to the north west of Montalcino, near Buonconvento. Its isolated location, away from other producers and sources of pollution, makes organic cultivation possible.
Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar. Today, the estate produces a refined style of Brunello, while expressing the inherent character of the grapes.
The estate's 62 hectares of vineyards (51 of which are permitted for Brunello production) extend over two areas of the property. Located between 350-460 metres above sea level, the spectacular 'Capanna' vineyard, from which the Brunello di Montalcino is produced, covers 42 hectares facing south/south west towards the Tyrrhenian coast. The 1.5 hectare plot at the top of the hill is known as 'Campo del Drago' from which the eponymous single-vineyard wine is made. The microclimate is strongly influenced by the sea with hot, dry summers and a constant breeze that reduces humidity.