Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2016

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Castiglion del Bosco
Italy > Tuscany > Montalcino

This Brunello from Castiglion del Bosco is a wine of great finesse and elegance. Sourced from the Capanna vineyard, located in the north-west area of the appellation, this release is a beautiful interpretation of a critically-acclaimed vintage.


94/100 - The Castiglion del Bosco 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a fruit-forward expression with soft cherry, blackberry, tilled earth and a touch of sweet spice. This wine is made in an especially accessible style that prizes ripe fruit and oak aging (in both barrique and botte). Fruit comes from a 52-hectare vineyard with galestro schist and clay. The tannins are more evident here compared to the 2015 vintage; however, this wine is almost ready to go with beef tagliata topped with porcini mushrooms. Production is 130,000 bottles. - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate 

95/100 - The 2016 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino really stands out with its vivid display of crushed raspberries, lavender and clove. Further depths are found with each swirl, adding mentholated herbs and flowery undergrowth. It’s dense and dark-fruited, enveloping the palate with notes of black cherry, plum, exotic savory spice and minerals. This is soothing and pliant in spite of the 2016’s youthful state, balancing brisk acids and fine tannins to create a push and pull of structural tension. The symmetry here is spellbinding, and everything is in the right place for a long and fruitful evolution over the next ten to fifteen years. Tasted twice with consistent results. - Eric Guido, Vinous 

17.5/100 - Mid ruby. Fragrant cherry and raspberry nose with a suggestion of oriental spice and cinnamon bark. Sweetly concentrated and then tangy cherry fruit that is almost a little tart on the finish, but remains focused and long. Bags of grainy tannins on the finish giving grip to the fruit. Still a little embryonic. - Walter Speller,

93/100 - With an eye towards the Mediterranean Sea, Castiglion del Bosco’s Capanna vineyard is in the far northwest of Montalcino. The estate remarked that harvest started a little later than it did in 2015 and each plot was harvested at optimal maturity. There is a pristine and precise quality to this: focused aromas of woodland berries, spice and blossoms beg a sip. It expands sinuously across the palate, bringing in accents of orange zest and black tea as compact, powdery tannins build up. Satisfyingly racy. - Michaela Morris, Decanter

99/100 - The complexity and beauty to this is really something with cherry, walnut, tobacco and cigar-box character. Sweet cherries. It’s full-bodied and deep with super intensity and power. Layered and beautiful. Really refined tannins. Some whole-berry fermentation gives this added character. Goes on for minutes. Try after 2025. - James Suckling


This bottling is complex and rich on the nose, where notes of small red fruit are immediately perceived with hints of aromatic herbs, including thyme and bay leaf.
On the palate, it is fruity with notes of plum.
The finish has an interesting acid note and gives the wine a remarkable balance, elegant and persistent.

Meant for long ageing.
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 14.0%
Vintage: 2016

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