For as much as I’ve come to love wines from Castelnuovo Berardenga, it’s hard to believe that I haven’t checked in with Castello di Bossi since mid 2018. Their Chianti Classico remains a reliable and excellent value. As a result, I was not surprised to discover that sort of value in their latest creation.
Castello di Bossi has invested heavily in their Castelnuovo property. They proudly profess to have achieved the perfect union between innovation and tradition. The winery consists of six large separate work areas, each with individualized temperature controls, and an overall aggregate area of 3,500 square meters. Despite that size, the majority sits below ground and is practically invisible. Recently the owners completed the installation of new temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks.
The estate has it’s roots in the year 1099; when the first tower of what is now the Castello was built. Today, the sprawling 650 hectares features accomodations, olives, woods and other crops. Only 125 hectares are devoted to Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot vines.
Beginning with the excellent 2015 vintage, the estate has now released a new pinnacle of their production; Gran Selezione. The Bacci family are on a roll.
The 2015 Castello di Bossi Gran Selezione is a deep ruby color completely throughout. Although the wine was not decanted, the aromas were engaging and persistent. Black cherry, toasted spice, fresh flowers and sweet tobacco leaf are just wonderful. On the palate the wines is approachable and well balanced. I was surprised how smooth the tannins present themselves. This seems to be much less structured than many 2015s.
Crushed cherry, tobacco, fennel and cured meat mark the juicy palate. Fresh, lively and persistent, this is smooth on the finish and very classy. Maybe I wouldn’t choose to cellar this too long, but it’s really nice now. 93 points and a very fair value around $32. In fact, there are a few inventory reduction sales going on locally right now and I was able to acquire this for $30. Find this wine.
The Gran Selezione is 100% Sangiovese and aged in large wooden cask and barrique. This contributes nuance from the oak but also ensures a delicate balance.