Tenuta di Castiglioni was the first estate cultivated by the Frescobaldi family, which has produced over 700 vintages. The family’s passion for wine in this area started in Castiglioni, along the road of the same name, which the ancient Romans built to link Rome to Tuscany. On the gentle hills of Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence, the combination of the terroir, the mild climate and the characteristic afternoon sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea is expressed in the Tenuta di Castiglioni wines which are structured, generous and show a rich, purity of fruit.
Tenuta Castiglioni is situated in the gentle hills of Val di Pesa. The richness of the weather and the terroir is expressed in the structure of the wines, due to the symbiosis between the soil, the mild climate and the afternoon breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The vineyard soils are rich in marl, clay, limestone and also calcium.
Winter 2017-2018 on the Castiglioni Estate saw substantial rainfall, with some snow at the beginning of March, which guaranteed abundant soil water reserves for the summer. During the spring season there was an alternation of warm, sunny and cool, damp days. The plants reacted with a consistent and luxurious development of shoots and good flowering. In summer, rainfall decreased during the warm and sunny months of July and August. In September, the almost complete absence of rain and the presence of a significant northerly wind enabled the grapes to ripen in a particularly dry climate, leading to considerable levels of concentration.
The grapes were harvested during the end of September and the beginning of October. Following a gentle pressing, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures below 30°C. Temperature controlled maceration lasted for 11 days under temperature controlled conditions, which was followed immediately by malolactic fermentation, softening the final wine. The wine was matured for six months in stainless steel preserving the purity of fruit, followed by one month in bottle.
See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Tenuta Castiglioni, Castiglioni, Chianti 2018 - fiche technique
90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot.
A youthful and medium bodied wine with aromas of fresh red cherry fruit and a fresh, leafy finish. The nose is intensely fruity, with vibrant notes of cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry, complemented by floral and fragrant hints of violet. The wine is lively and round with a rich, fulfilling palate and long finish.
ABV = 13.0%.