Sunday, November 30, 2008

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2003

Owned by the Ferragamo family, Castiglion del Bosco produces this Brunello di Montalcino which is aged in oak for 2 years.

It is a traditional 100% Sangiovese from Tuscany, has ruby coloring and intense inviting aromas of vanilla with flavors of plum, orange peel and a sweet campfire smokiness. Initially slightly tight, I decanted and waited an hour before it opened to a very good balance of fruit and tannins, still it's a powerful red with 13.5% alcohol content.

24 hours later: Tried this wine again today, tannins way softer and overall feel was more velvety. A very nice wine.
photo ©2008 by Dave Trieger

1 comment:

Dave Trieger said...

Eric Guido's notes:

Dark ruby red color with intense aromas of rich raspberry jam and rum raisin. Followed by clove, smoked meat and charred wood. Really serious wine on the nose. On the Palate, blackberry and plum with earthy backbone and flavors of leather and black pepper on the long and intense finish. Tannin is a little rough for the first 2 hours after opening but turned soft and plush after a good amount of air. The best 2003 Brunello I've had to date.