year of the Horse


97 points – JAMES SUCKLING


The first set of the limited edition series was created for the forthcoming year of the horse with Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006, a 5 star vintage. With the exceptional rating of 97 points by international wine critic James Suckling, the wine made its first debut at an exclusive charity dinner held at the Four Season hotel in Hong Kong on November 25th, 2013.

“Very spicy and earthy, with decadent and dark meat, before changing to flowers and dark fruits. Full body, very soft and round, with a very, very long finish.

It’s very intense and rich, yet shows wonderfully polished tannins. Fantastic wine.”

James Suckling

AppellationBrunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

GrapeSangiovese 100%

Elevation450 metres a.s.l.


Soil profileRich in clay shell and marl (Galestro)

Training systemGuyot

Vine density4.500 plants / ha

Vine yield40 q/ha

HarvestSecond half of October

Vinification: the fermentation was spontaneous with the use of indigenous yeasts. Alcohol fermentation lasted 18 days with a temperature 28°C, followed by a long maceration on the skins

Ageing: 36 months in French oak, the wood comes from selected forests that are more than 300 years old, folled by 6 months in conrete tanks.


Total production: 888 numbered bottles, 1,5l format

Label: hand-painted by the artist Tian Shuhan

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The first set of the limited edition series included an elegant horse galloping upon the
Tuscan estate by renowned Chinese artist Tian Shuhan, painted ink-on-rice-paper. Tian is noted for his meticulous sketches, and celebrated for his paintings of landscapes and animals, especially horses and tigers.

His works are collected by museums all over the world, national leaders, entrepreneurs, and both Chinese and foreign politicians.

Charity Gala Dinner 2013

Tuscan winery Castiglion del Bosco celebrated their monumental debut of their Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2006 Zodiac wine series for the year of the horse in a star-studded charity gala dinner and auction at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. With over 300 guests in attendance, the exclusive event included a musical performance by Maria Sole Ferragamo, niece of winery owner Mr. Massimo Ferragamo, and a live auction with proceeds benefiting the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Celebrities and socialites in attendance included Ms Carina Lau, Mr. Godfrey Gao, Ms. Charlotte Hwang, Ms. Feiping Chang, and more.

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