Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG, Tuscany

Castello di Brolio is our flagship wine created from a meticulous selection of estate-grown grapes from the three most representative soils that surround the castle itself: Macigno del Chianti (sandstone), Scaglia Toscana (Galestro), Monte Morello (Alberese).

Tasting Notes

Ruby red color. The nose is complex and intense, with floral and ripe red fruit scents. The palate is velvety and juicy, with voluminous tannins in perfect balance with the acid component, making this grand vin a pure expression of its territory.

The 2018-2019 vintage followed yet another seasonal trend of its own. The autumn featured mild temperatures and slightly less rain than usual in that period of the year. Winter started off quite mild however January came with temperatures below zero and heavy snowfall at the end of that month. Spring began with rising temperatures, but in May these plummeted with lows below 44-46°F accompanied by daily rains. From early June, a fairly dry and warm period began, with maximum temperatures often 95°F but interspersed occasionally by short and intense rains.

Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 75.2°-80.6°F with 14-16 days of skin contact. 23 months in tonneaux of 500lt of which 30% new oak and 70% of second passage.

Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total acidity: 6 g/l
PH: 3.21
Non-Reducing Extract: 27.74 g/l
Total Polyphenols (in Gallic acid): 1851 mg/l

Planted in: 1994-2005 Density: 6600 plants/ha Surface Area: 26 ha Training: spurred cordon Altitude: 400-490 a.s.l.m Clone: Sangiovese di Brolio Exposure: South, South-West, South-East Rootstock: 420°-110R

Castello di Brolio is our flagship wine created from a meticulous selection of estate-grown grapes from the three most representative soils that surround the castle itself: Macigno del Chianti (sandstone), Scaglia Toscana (Galestro), Monte Morello (Alberese).

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color with aromas of red fruit and plum along with hints of balsam and vanilla. Firm but elegant with sweet tannins, balanced acidity, and a persistence in the finish.

Overall, we can state that 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than average in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October.

Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 75.2°-80.6°F with 14-16 days of skin contact.

Alcohol: 14% Vol
Total acidity: 6.22 g/L
PH: 3.30
Non-Reducing Extract: 27.69 g/L
Total Polyphenols (in Gallic acid): 2066 mg/L

Castello di Brolio is our flagship wine created from a meticulous selection of estate-grown grapes from the three most representative soils that surround the castle itself: Macigno del Chianti (sandstone), Scaglia Toscana (Galestro), Monte Morello (Alberese).

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color with aromas of red fruit and plum along with hints of balsam and vanilla. Firm but elegant with sweet tannins, balanced acidity, and a persistence in the finish.

The autumn and winter were very mild this year, with below-freezing temperatures only in part of January.  In the spring, temperatures were average, with the end of May and early June hot but humid. This diminished the fruit set causing a thinning effect in the clusters that was good for the Sangiovese. Two hailstorms at the end of May also led to the loss of flowers, thus reducing per-plant growth. Summer was hot and dry. End-July and Mid-August rains gave some relief to the plants, helping them during the period of veraison. Harvest began in early September, with temperatures mid-to-high for that period of the year during the day and a drop of as much as 50-60°F at nights, favoring the accumulation of phenolic compounds.

Fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with approximately 14-16 days of skin contact.

95% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Castello di Brolio is created from a meticulous selection of the best Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot from our Estate vineyards spanning over 560 acres. Each vintage may thus vary in quantity but, quality is always outstanding. The vineyards sit between 820 and 1.475 feet above sea level and face South/Southwest. This perfect exposure and optimal elevation as well as the rocky soil contribute to the excellence of this blend –truly a “Grand Vin” of Brolio.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color with aromas of red fruit and plum along with hints of balsam and vanilla. Firm but elegant with sweet tannins, balanced acidity, and a persistence in the finish.

The 2014/2015 growing season was quite uneventful without any extreme events. Winter was mild with temperatures falling to freezing only at late-December, January, and February. Spring was also fairly mild albeit a little cold at the start with temperatures rising later and hitting averages. May and June were warm favoring a perfect flowering and veraison with adequate rainfall of approximately 6 inches. Summer began earlier, with high temperatures by late-June featuring peaksin the mid-90s. July was also particularly warm with highs at 104°F. Overall rainfall was scarce at about 4 inches but the good water supplies from the Winter and Spring months prevented drought stress. September and October showed perfect weather conditions, with significant day-to-night temperature ranges which favor the accumulation of color and polyphenols in the grapes.

Fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with approximately 14 days of skin contact.

90% Sangiovese, 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Castello di Brolio is created from a meticulous selection of the best Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and petit Verdot grapes from the estate. With vineyards spread over 565 acres, the production of each vintage may thus vary in quantity but quality is always outstanding. The stony soil in our vineyards, which sit at 1,300 feet above sea level, are south and southwest-facing allowing for the perfect exposure to sun.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color. The nose, unmistakable and elegant, expresses the complexity of floral aromas and ripe red fruit, liquorice, vanilla, and chocolate. The palate is full and rich with soft, velvety tannins. The finish is generously persistent. This blend offers the most authentic expression of the terroir of Brolio.

The 2012 autumn and the 2012/2013 winter were among the rainiest of the last few years. True spring began in mid-April when it stopped raining and there was a sudden change in temperature featuring extremely high daily averages. Summer began with wet soils but the high temperatures and the sunshine accounted for homogeneous bunches. The year was really shaped in September with the Summer-like temperatures during the day followed by drops of about 15 degrees during the night allowing for perfect polyphenolic ripeness and giving way to a quality harvest with healthy, perfectly ripe grapes. The 2013 Sangiovese offers deep color and a remarkable structure; the Cabernet an impenetrable color with a surprising aromatic framework; and the Petit Verdot gives a velvety roundness.

Fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with approximately 14 days of skin contact. After racking and malolactic fermentation in steel tanks, the wine is aged for 21 months in French oak barriques and 20% new tonneaux.

90% Sangiovese, 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

  • 95

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    Wine Spectator, June 2022

    "Polished and balanced, this red offers cherry, plum, floral, iron and tobacco flavors, with a kiss of vanilla. Focused, exhibiting a dense line of tannins, yet this is balanced and complex. Youthful, so be patient. Best from 2025 through 2042."

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  • 96

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    James Suckling, June 2022

    "A polished and reserved Castello with cherry, orange-peel and chocolate aromas and flavors. Tight and round-tannined, in a very subtle and curated way. The precision in this wine is impressive. Needs time to open. Try after 2025."

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  • 90

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    Vinous, September 2021

    "The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio is laced with crushed red berry, spice, dried herbs, anise and white chocolate. This perfumed, mid-weight Gran Selezione will drink well right out of the gate. This is an especially aromatic, understated style, but it works quite well."

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  • 90

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    Wine Enthusiast, April 2022

    "Iris, camphor and cedar aromas emerge from the glass. The medium- bodied palate offers black plum, espresso and vanilla alongside polished tannins. It’s already accessible but also offers good midterm aging potential. Drink through 2028. "

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  • 92

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    Wine Spectator, October 2021

    "Vibrant black cherry and black currant flavors are the major themes in this red, shaded by earth, eucalyptus and resinous oak notes. A bit gruff on the finish now, but should come around nicely. Best from 2023 through 2032. 4,100 cases made, 200 cases imported."

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  • 97

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    James Suckling, May 2021

    "This is very spicy with nutmeg, cloves and hints of hazelnuts that add complexity to the black-cherry and raspberry undertones. Full-bodied, rich and layered with a velvety texture and a flavorful finish. Beautiful center palate. Very powerful and structured. Hints of mushroom and balsamic in the aftertaste. Needs time to soften. Try after 2024."

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  • 89

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2021

    "Blue flower, French oak and camphor aromas mingle together in the glass. Reflecting the nose, the austere palate features coconut, espresso and vanilla along with notes of prune and dried cherry. It's rather lean on fruit richness; close-grained tannins grip the close."

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  • 91

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    Decanter, February 2022

    "Fresh nose of pure and lively red and black berries. Very chewy and vigorous, rounded and smooth. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032"

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  • 92

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    Wine Spectator, January 2021

    "Aromas and flavors of iron, leather and earth swirl around the core of plum and black cherry in this broad-shouldered red. Dusty tannins congregate on the finish, where the flavors echo. Best from 2023 through 2037. 3,570 cases made, 200 cases imported."

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  • 94

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    Wine Advocate, September 2019

    "The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio is a beautiful wine, dense, rich and lasting. The bouquet is intense and profound with layers of red and purple fruit that cede softly to spice, leather and sweet tobacco. The classic 2016 vintage is characterized by its freshness, precision and cellar-worthiness. You get all those qualities here in one very elegant but also food-friendly package. The wine is made with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and grapes come from a south-facing parcel at an ideal 250 to 450 meters above sea level. Some 50,000 bottles were produced."

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  • 97

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "There’s lots of clove character here, but the fruit really shines through, offering up intense hibiscus, orange rind, cranberries, Thai basil and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and really structured and refined with an agile core of red berries and savory undertones. Long but minerally on the finish. Drink in 2024."

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  • 88

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    Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

    "This blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot opens with aromas of toasted oak, roasted coffee and a whiff of red plum. The firm palate offers cocoa, licorice and black-currant jam alongside assertive tannins that lead to a drying finish. Drink through 2023."

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  • 91

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    Wine & Spirits, April 2020

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  • 93

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    Wine Spectator, November 2018

    "Sweet, ripe cherry and raspberry flavors define this Chianti Classico from start to finish, augmented by almond, iron and tar accents, with a hefty dose of grainy tannins. All the elements come together on the juicy aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2036. 250 cases imported."

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  • 93+

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    Wine Advocate, October 2018

    "The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio takes a few minutes to open and settle in the glass. The bouquet here is redolent of pressed cherry and dried blackberry with underbrush, dark spice, forest floor and even a touch of wild porcino mushroom. The mouthfeel is smooth and loosely textured, which gives the wine an accessible and immediate personality. These vineyard sites in Gaiole in Chianti are characterized by crushed alberese rock soils. These unique growing conditions always add to the focus and the sharpness of the aromas. This wine is a blend of 90% Sangiovese with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Some 40,000 bottles were made."

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  • 91

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    Wine & Spirits, April 2019

    "Year's Best Tuscan Reds - This wine is a selection of the best sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot grapes from the estate’s 550-plus acres of vineyard. The French varieties, though present only in small percentages, bring dark-berry flavors and purple floral scents to the blend. Notes of chocolate and spice gained during 30 months of aging in tonneaux (30 percent new) showcase Chianti Classico’s more polished side."

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