We like to think of Castagnino as the younger brother (but just as loved and cared for) of our most representative wine, Il Castagno. Like all our wines, it is made only with Syrah grapes that have been grown in our vineyards in Cortona at a very low yield per hectare (50 quintals from 5000 vines). The grapes are carefully observed and selected throughout the vintage, and in particular before and during harvest, which usually takes place in the first half of September, somewhat earlier than the grapes used for Il Castagno and Cuculaia. All grapes are harvested exclusively by hand and placed in small 15 kg. perforated crates.
The grapes for this wine are collected intact and placed in steel tanks at controlled temperatures, where thanks to indigenous yeasts, alcoholic fermentation happens spontaneously.
Depending on the characteristics of the vintage and the quality of the grapes, with each parcel being vinified separately, each with its own schedules and methods, some of the grapes may be processed in whole bunches.
The maceration period of the hard skins lasts, on average, from one to two weeks, depending on the qualities inherent in the grapes. The malolactic fermentation of the first-pressed must (we never use the juices obtained from the pressing of the marc for our wines) also takes place spontaneously, without inoculating it with bacteria. There then follows a short period of about six months of refinement on the noble lees in our old cement barrels, which have been finely restored by artisan friends.
Castagnino grew out of the desire to explore the potential of the Syrah grape in Cortona in all its versions. Our goal was to produce a Syrah whose characteristics were entirely different from the most representative wine of the estate, Il Castagno, our “big brother,” and from our cru, Cuculaia. To achieve this, we harvest the grapes a little earlier than the ones we use for our other red Syrahs. Our aim was to craft a wine that focuses on freshness and acidity rather than power and a concentration of sugars and extracts. To this end, Castagnino does not age in wood casks but only in cement barrels.
Both periods, the one spent macerating on the skins and that spent aging in casks and in bottles, are deliberately on the briefer end of the spectrum. The wine's somewhat irreverent and jaunty profile and its disheveled character are exactly what I wanted to achieve - and what I enjoy most about it. And then there are its explosive aromas and crisp tannins… All this goes to show that simplicity, immediacy, and the bare essentials can produce greatness. The nakedness of this Syrah is, to me, fascinating.
Both periods, the one spent macerating on the skins and that spent aging in casks and in bottles, are deliberately on the briefer end of the spectrum. The wine's somewhat irreverent and jaunty profile and its disheveled character are exactly what I wanted to achieve - and what I enjoy most about it.
And then there are its explosive aromas and crisp tannins… All this goes to show that simplicity, immediacy, and the bare essentials can produce greatness. The nakedness of this Syrah is, to me, fascinating.
Delicatamente fruttato e floreale nei profumi, ha un profilo semplice ma registrato con precisione su una struttura serrata e non priva di energia
This wine is intended to be a friendly and drinkable Syrah but never banal or bland. As with all our wines, a careful selection of raw materials follows strict criteria. This wine, like our others, also has a soul. In addition to being a truly Tuscan wine, it is also deeply Cortonese: it is a faithful and original expression of its terroir; it's the result of simple, ethical and eco-friendly growing and winemaking practices; it's the perfect example of a wine produced under the banner of “technologically-driven craftsmanship.”
Yield per hectare
50 quintals from 5000 plants
750 ml / 1.500 ml
Clear, ruby red
Fresh, floral, with hints of red berries on the nose, cherries, wild blackberries, plum, and juniper berries. In the mouth, it's flavorful, fragrant.
"Castagnino" - Reviews
I Vini di Veronelli
Rubino. Profuma di ciliegie e prugne, pepe e mix floreale. Sorso vigoroso e tannino integrato, delineano un gusto già ben apprezzabile.
Delicatamente fruttato e floreale nei profumi, ha un profilo semplice ma registrato con precisione su una struttura serrata e non priva di energia; il finale si alleggerisce ma l'insieme è senza dubbio piacevole.
This is rich and decadent with dark fruits, spice and sweet tobacco as well as tea and smoked meat. Full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish.
by Antonio Galloni
Il Castagnino is a fruity, easygoing wine in this range from Fabrizio Dionisio. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, mint, spice and licorice are front and center. This juicy, uncomplicated Syrah is a fine choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years.
The Cortona Syrah Castagnino is the self-proclaimed "little brother" of the Syrah Castagno. This wine is made from a broader selection of fruit and is released within a year of the harvest more or less. It pours from the bottle with dark intensity and offers lush primary aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and subtle spice. This is a soft and rich wine to drink at outdoor barbecues and easy home dinners.
This rich red boasts blackberry, black cherry and pepper flavors, with a serious backbone that emerges as this glides to a lingering conclusion.
International Wine Cellars
Deep ruby-purple. Smoky violet and dark plum on the bright nose. Fresh and sweet in the mouth, with dark plum and berry flavors carrying nicely through a smooth, long finish. Very well done.
I Vini di Veronelli
89/100 - 2 Stelle
I Migliori Vini Italiani
Associazione Italiana Sommelier
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Rosa del Castagno
Syrah Rosato Toscana IGT
Syrah Cortona DOC