2012 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $49.94)
Brunello-philes are “in for a treat” with the 2012s per James Suckling, as the serendipitous combination of approachability and ageability is proving a match for the legendary 2010s. Castiglion del Bosco is making the best wines in the estate’s long history, and their gorgeous 2012 Brunello di Montalcino nabbed the same 96-point score as their iconic 2010. While the estate has been around for nearly four centuries, it took Massimo Ferragamo purchasing it in 2004 for the wines to really reach the potential offered by the terroir. For under $40 it’s a ripping good deal for Brunello with the kind of critical acclaim that Castiglion del Bosco is now getting.
The normale Brunello from this estate shows a superb sense of modern classicism, with most of the aging done in used French oak. The character of the Sangiovese really shines through, with pure red fruits, and gorgeous Tuscan notes of iron and sweet tobacco. Galloni wrote of 2012 that it was “one of the most promising young Brunello vintages I have tasted in the last few years” and after tasting a wide array of wines from the vintage (including this notable gem!), we're in complete agreement.
With Castiglion del Bosco’s reputation shooting through the roof, they represent one of the best opportunities to find terrific Brunello at this price point, an opportunity not to be missed! Cheers!