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.
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.
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.
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.