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Castellare Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.

CASTELLARE
Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.

11° position in Top 100 year 2009 of Wine Spectator

Production Area: Montalcino
Mixed Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Terrain: the soil formed through several geological eras and now has got a wide variety of minerals; there are areas rich in limestone mixed up with sand made by schist of limestone and clay. Mostly clayey areas and less sandy. Areas formed thanks to sediment transport (alluvium)
Growing System: spurred cordon with dug soil
Density: 3500 vines/hectare
Average output per hectare: 45 hectolitres
Altitude: 500 metres
Microclimate: The climate is typically Mediterranean, with showers concentrated in autumn and spring. The middle hill area is frequently windy, which is ideal to keep the vines healthy. The climate is generally mild, with a high rate of sunny days during the whole vegetative phase: these conditions guarantee a gradual and complete ripening of the grapes.
Production Process: Manual harvest when the grapes are perfectly ripe. Alcoholic fermentation with controlled temperature (26°C) for about 10-12 days on the skins. Malolactic fermentation in steel vats. Refining in 2500lt Slavonian oak barrels for 30 months and in 225 lt French oak barrels for 20 months. Further refining in bottles for 4 months before the sale
Organoleptic Properties:
Colour – ruby red verging to garnet-red;
Bouquet – very intense, lingering, with hints of cherry fruit and spices;
Taste –well-balanced, with velvety tannins and a long aromatic grip on the palate
Alcoholic Gradation: 14,5% VOL
Serving Temperature: 22,0°C
Pairings: seasoned cheese, red meat, roasts, braised meat, game

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