Castello di Brolio 2010
With Easter we cracked this classic vintage – 2010. A blend of Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Petit Verdot 5%
Barone Ricasoli – Chianti Classico Castello Di Brollio 2010 (89/100 tsomw points)
In the glass a deep ruby red color.
On the nose great matured aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, tobacco, chocolate, wet earth and hints of flowers and vanilla.
On the palate full-bodied, soft tannins, silky and smooth with enough freshness. Full of red fruit and a little alcoholic heat. Very enjoyable and can take some more years to develop.
In this wine you will find the essence of our firm, its long history, striving for perfection, and the very special nature of our territory and of each vineyard " Castello di Brolio is the grand Vin produced at Barone Ricasoli, recently selected by Wine Spectator as one of the five best wines in the world.
PRODUCTION AREA: Gaiole in Chianti
Castello di Brolio is created from a meticulous selection of the best Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the estate's vineyards, spread over 230 hectares of land. Only grapes that have given their utmost are selected at Brolio - the production of each vintage may thus vary in quantity, but quality is always outstanding. The vineyards are at 250 to 450 m above sea level, facing south/south-west. The perfect exposure and excellent elevation of the land as well as the very stony soil are responsible for the typicality of this wine.
The 2009-2010 vintage was fairly unusual, with a cold, snowy winter, rainy spring, hot summer, and variable weather in September and October. Thanks to the snowfall and rains there was no risk of drought, and the vines worked steadily and well. The considerable day-night temperature excursions at the end of August and the beginning of September allowed the grapes to have the right sugar concentration, good acidity and color extraction. The Sangiovese was harvested when it reached perfect ripeness, between the tenth and fifteenth of October. The high sugar and polyphenol concentrations allow us to expect good things from our top wines destined to long aging. This is the best Sangiovese we have ever seen. Incredibly intense, charged hues, and extraordinary concentration. The Merlot was picked from the second to the twenty-fourth of September and the Cabernet, immediately after the Merlot. Excellent phenolic and color extraction, the wine was already clean and elegant at the end of the alcoholic fermentation.(winemaker's note)