Tenuta di Castiglioni, Toscana IGT
The rich, elegant Tenuta di Castiglioni, this estate? iconic wine, is clearly in a modern key, but holds fast to the qualities of its local terroir. A delightful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and small part of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that provides considerable power and a sturdy structure in the mouth with overall harmony. The leisurely finish shows surprising elegance.
Tasting Notes – 2008
The eye is first impressed by a dense, violet-flecked purple red, and the nose is no less complex, releasing clean-edged impressions of dark cherry, wild strawberries, and raspberries, attractively complemented by spicy nuances of roasted espresso bean, cocoa, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla. The palate shows alcoholic warmth, silky texture, and remarkable depth, with a mouth-filling suite of fine-grained tannins. The lengthy finish is subtly aromatic, with tasty notes of fruit in evidence.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Ideal with game such as hare and boar, with roasted or sauteed beef, roast of pork, as well as with full-flavored cheeses.
Ratings & Reviews
93 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2009
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2008
89 points – Wine Advocate #177, June 2008
89 points – Wine Advocate #171, June 2007
91 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2005
During the 2006-07 winter, vineyards in Tuscany benefited from very mild weather. The previous autumn too was very favorable, so that the vines kept their leaves until quite late, excellent conditions that allowed the vineyards to build up reserves that ensured an excellent and promising harvest. The spring months were mild, with scarce rain and little heat stress, conditions that produced sound, healthy fruit on the vines. Thanks to summer-like conditions in April, the growth cycle received a great push, and began a good 2-3 weeks earlier than preceding years. At the beginning of July the temperatures were high, dropping around mid-July with good rains during the month of August. Low night-time temperatures relieved any heat problems that would have caused premature ripening of the grapes, thus lessening the complexity of the wines.