CASTELLO DI BROLIO 1998

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG

GRAPE VARIETY

Sangiovese with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon

FERMENTATION TEMPERATURE

31° C – Post-fermentation maceration: 19 days

AGEING

18 months in barriques (65% new oak) – Ageing: 8 months

BOTTLING DATE

July 2000

Vintage Awards
Gambero Rosso 2002
Wine Spectator 2001 89/100
Information

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.

PRODUCTION AREA
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

PRODUCTION

150.000 bottles

Growing Season

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.

Tasting Notes

“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).