Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The color is ruby red with garnet overtones, the nose is broad and determined with typical varietal aromas. In the mouth it is harmonious and persistent.
Excellent with stews, roasted meats and cheese.
"Owned by Massimo Ferragamo of the famed Italian fashion house, this beautiful wine presents the round and velvety side of Sangiovese Grosso, with lingering tones of dark fruit, prune, chocolate and spice. The wine shows structure and acidity at the back for long aging potential and sports a modern, soft personality overall. The annata Brunello rivals vineyard designate Campo del Drago this year."
"Bright red. Captivating aromas of candied red cherry, dried redcurrant, cinnamon and faded flowers. Bright, rich and dense, with flavors of superripe red cherry, sweet spices and sweet oak. Finishes peppery, clean and long. Very impressive wine, and so well balanced that you won't even notice the 15% alcohol. With a production of 80,000 bottles, there's also plenty of it to go around.
International Wine Cellar
"A modern style, offering flashes of vanilla and toast balanced with rich cherry and loamy earth flavors. Sweet overall, hinting at an early development."
Big & Bold
Any Italian Dish, Strong Hard Romano Cheese
I can't say I was impressed, nor can I say I was displeased. Just an average Brunello, with Moderate Fruit intensity, and only a modest finish. I place this one in the middle of the road, and with many choices available...recommend keep looking for better.
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Learn About Castiglion del Bosco
Situated in the province of Siena where the renown area of Brunello di Montalcino is found, Castiglion del Bosco encompasses approximately 4,450 acres of land, 125 of which are vineyards with plans to plant 15 more acres. The farm is located between the historic towns of Buonconvento and Montalcino. Given the truly magnificent geographical position of the estate, perched on a hill...
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Learn About Tuscany
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Learn About Sangiovese
Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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