Sangiovese with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon
31° C – Post-fermentation maceration: 19 days
18 months in barriques (65% new oak) – Ageing: 8 months
|Gambero Rosso 2002|
|Wine Spectator 2001||89/100|
Il Castello di Brolio expresses the refined elegance that only the specific terroir of Brolio could produce. It is the “great wine” achieved by selecting the best grapes of Brolio, matured in barriques and with a long fining in the bottle that enhances its noble elegance. Castello di Brolio’s production is closely connected to the evolution of the year’s harvest. Therefore, it is only possible when the quality fully expresses itself, creating complex wines, with great style and texture.
Gaiole in Chianti
The grapes come from vineyards set 350-400 meters above sea level, with south-southwest exposure, planted in medium density land with a predominance of calcareous rocks and pebbles
1998 was an overall normal vintage with regard to the traditional characteristics of the seasons. It was marked by a rainy spring and a very long, hot summer which slowed down the growth of the vines. September brought more stable weather and the Sangiovese harvest was begun the last week of the month. Balance, rich fruit, and a full mouth are what make the 1998 Sangiovese extremely pleasant.
“Balanced and harmonious. Plenty of berry, mint and cherry aromas follow through a medium -bodied palate with fresh fruit, light tannins and a fresh finish” (Wine Spectator, November 15th, 2001).