Castelprile

Tuscany, Italy

Bianco Riserva, Maremma Toscana DOC — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • The logo represents the fluid, the essence of the ancient costal lake of Prelius, what now is known as the Maremma Toscana around Grosseto. The lake has slowly disappeared also due to the drainage of the 30s and now the only fluid that’s left is the excellent wine making tradition of the region. The vineyards of Castelprile are located on a hilltop along the shores of the ancient lake, five miles from the sea facing the majestic Tuscan Archipelago.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Prile
    • Appellation: Maremma Toscana DOC
    • Size: 2 hectares (4.94 acres)
    • Vine Age: 2001-2004
    • Soil: Sand (80%), clay (15%), silt (5%) and gravel
    • Elevation: 37-52 meters (120-170 feet
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 3,500-4,000 vines/acre
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2021 vintage will be remembered for the frost that hit Maremma, Tuscany on April 8, causing serious damage to the premature grapes. April and May were notable for lower than average temperatures and low rainfall. The summer was very hot and there was little rain. The harvest began a little earlier than expected.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 30
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: Vinification in French oak barrels and tonneau used with integral lees until June 2021, subsequent decanting and bottling
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Vermentino
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.9 g/L
    • RS: 0.6 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Color: Bright vivid straw yellow

      Nose: Typical hints of aromatic herbs of Vermentino blended with an expression of wild flowers and sweet spices

      Taste: Full and harmonious, notes of wild flowers and herbs accompanied with hints of almond on the finish, which is long and notably savory

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Reviews

  • CastelPrile Riserva Bianco — 2021 – Vinous – 92 Points

    '“Shows the nuance Vermentino can acquire with a touch of age. Chamomile, dried flowers, mint, lemon oil, marzipan and sage lend notable complexity throughout. This creamy, beautifully textured Vermentino is a winner."

  • Bianco Riserva, Maremma Toscana DOC — 2021 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    "Notes of cooked apples and caramelized lemons with hints of almonds and creme caramel. Medium- to full-bodied, polished and textured with vivid acidity and a delicious fruit character. Creamy finish. From organically grown grapes."

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