Best in Show Decanter World Wine Award

After 15 days of tastings, the 18th edition of the “Decanter World Wine Awards” (DWWA) came to and end. It is one of the main and most prestigious wine awards in the world, organized by the British Wine Magazine “Decanter”.

Our Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2016  received the Best in ShowAward with 97 points. The distinguished itself among 18.094 wines from 56 different countries and it was rated by 170 experts and professionals in the wine industry, among which there are 44 Masters of Wine and 11 Master Sommeliers.

“We are extremely grateful for this very important recognition and we are proud to represent the Italian excellence within the Decanter World Wine Award, alongside other important wineries that we admire” – says Cecilia Leoneschi, winemaker.

Complexity, superb structure, and an inviting, mouth-filling palate are the hallmarks of this Sangiovese grown in the 42-hectare Capanna vineyard facing towards the Mediterranean sea. A garnet-flecked ruby red, it releases generous, emphatic fragrances classic to Sangiovese, developing a near-endless progression notable for its beautiful balance.

This prestigious awards joins all the other very important ratings that our Brunello 2016 received this year by the international wine critic, becoming the most awarded wine for Castiglion del Bosco:

99 – James Suckling 

“The complexity and beauty to this is really something with cherry, walnut, tobacco and cigar-box character. Sweet cherries. It’s full-bodied and deep with super intensity and power. Layered and beautiful. Really refined tannins. Some whole-berry fermentation gives this added character. Goes on for minutes. Try after 2025.”

95 – Vinous 

“The 2016 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino really stands out with its vivid display of crushed raspberries, lavender and clove. Further depths are found with each swirl, adding mentholated herbs and flowery undergrowth. It’s dense and dark-fruited, enveloping the palate with notes of black cherry, plum, exotic savory spice and minerals. This is soothing and pliant in spite of the 2016’s youthful state, balancing brisk acids and fine tannins to create a push and pull of structural tension. The symmetry here is spellbinding, and everything is in the right place for a long and fruitful evolution over the next ten to fifteen years. Tasted twice with consistent results.”

94 – Wine Advocate

“The Castiglion del Bosco 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a fruit-forward expression with soft cherry, blackberry, tilled earth and a touch of sweet spice. This wine is made in an especially accessible style that prizes ripe fruit and oak aging (in both barrique and botte). Fruit comes from a 52-hectare vineyard with galestro schist and clay. The tannins are more evident here compared to the 2015 vintage; however, this wine is almost ready to go with beef tagliata topped with porcini mushrooms. Production is 130,000 bottles.”

94 – Wine Spectator

A wild and unbridled version, as much about the woodsy pine, wild herb and iron flavors as the brooding black cherry and blueberry fruit. Long and resonant, with muscular tannins and lively acidity lending support.

17,5 – Jancis Robinson 

“Mid ruby. Fragrant cherry and raspberry nose with a suggestion of oriental spice and cinnamon bark. Sweetly concentrated and then tangy cherry fruit that is almost a little tart on the finish, but remains focused and long. Bags of grainy tannins on the finish giving grip to the fruit. Still a little embryonic. (WS) Drink 2024 – 2038.”

96+ – Gardininotes 

“Again, cru of Vigneto Capanna and schistose soils that produce an intense Brunello on the nose. Nuances of small dark fruits, blackberries and blackcurrant dominating, licorice and officinal notes of fresh bay leaf. The mouth is both juicy and dense. Great persistence.”