Saturday, March 21, 2009

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2001

Made from 100% Sangiovese, this wonderful Brunello exhibits ripe sour cherries, licorice, plums, spices, and pungent leather on the nose, confident with flavors flush with an earthy brilliance. The midpalate exhibits verdant fresh spices that slowly transform into dried herbs. An extremely gentle but complex finish radiates to the senses as a luminous glow. An intensity of robust essence along with an amazing balance of tannins makes this Brunello a huge winner.

Winemaker's notes:

The grapes are hand picked during the first two weeks of October. After the grapes are manually selected, they are destemmed and lightly pressed in a crusher. The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks for about 10 days at a temperature of 28°C, followed by a maceration of the skin for another 6-8 days.

After the malolactic fermentation, Brunello di Montalcino is transferred into french oak barriques (50% new and 50% of second usage). The aging takes place for 24 months, the minimum time required by law. Once the vintage has been bottled, it continues the aging process for another 24 months before being released to the market.

1 comment:

Eric G said...

Nice Dave, I've had this before, really enjoyable. 2001 was so great fro Brunello and I'm finding that a lot of the '01's are performing really great right now, it's hard to keep them asleep in the cellar.