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Location:
SP 484,
53013, Gaiole in Chianti
Siena (SI)
Italy
Tel: 0577 730220
Fax: 0577 730225
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Barone Ricasoli - Castello di Brolio
The estate
The Estate is located near the picturesque town of Gaiole in Chianti, about 70 km south of Florence and 30 km north of Siena, The Ricasoli vineyards - about 250 hectares are spread over the undulating hills surrounding the Castle, mostly facing the sunny southwest.
The wines
Ricasoli Chardonnay ‘Torricella’ IGT 2004
Yellow colour. Lovely citrus pith freshness to the nose, which is bright and fruity. The palate is bold and pithy with nice direct, bright fruit and good acidity. This is a delicious bright fruity style. 91/100

Castelli di Brolio Chianti Classico 2006
Deep colour. Smooth, fresh, sweet cherry and berry fruit nose. The palate has nice pure fruit: very modern and sweet with cherries and hints of blackcurrant. Sweet and sophisticated with some sappy notes in the background. Stylish modern Chianti. 90/100

Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2004
Very dense and sweetly fruited. Really modern with concentrated blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit. Some lushness with modern bold fruit backed up by dense structure. 91/100

Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2001
Dense and concentrated with dark fruits backed up by good tannins and acidity. Notes of tobacco, tar and herby with sweet tarry aromatics. Modern but with a savoury edge to it. 90/100

Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Rocca Guicciardia’ 2005
Sweet, rounded and quite lush with soft, ripe berry fruits, and a slightly roasted edge. The palate has some nice spicy notes and some minerality, too. Satisfying and rich. 89/100

Casalferro IGT 2004
A blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot. Very smooth, pure, brooding blackcurrant and berry fruit nose. Smooth, aromatic and sophisticated. The palate has lovely bright expressive fruit. Concentrated and minerally. Very fresh with good acidity and well integrated oak. I love the pure bright berry fruits here, with their minerally underpinning. Great definition. 93/100

Casalferro IGT 2001
Deep coloured. Smooth, brooding dark fruits nose with hints of white pepper, meat and spice. The palate has some warm herby, spicy, earthy notes under the ripe black fruit. Stylish and evolving nicely; still quite structured. Drinking very well now, but I wouldn’t leave too much longer. 92/100

Granello IGT 2006
An interesting wine: Sauvignon Blanc (90%) with a bit of Traminer and Chardonnay, with the grapes being laid out to dry a bit after harvest (passito).Beautifully richly textured with bright, slightly herby fruit. Viscous and melony. Very sweet yet fresh with a hint of spice. 89/100

Vin Santo 2003
100% Malvasia. Orange/brown colour. Very aromatic, sweet nose with marmalade, dried fruits, lemon pith and old furniture notes. The palate is concentrated with lovely spicy complexity and good acidity, as well as barley sugar notes. Real complexity here. 92/100
Tours and Tastings
By Appointment Only. Contact Wine Tours Italia.
Buying the wines
The Barone Ricasoli wine shop is a real welcome centre in Brolio, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area.
The charm of the old parts of the cellar and the magic of the careful, modern renovation, welcome 30,000 visitors throughout the year. As well as Barone Ricasoli wines, you can buy other local specialities, such as honey, jams and PDO extra virgin olive oil from cultivars on the Brolio estate.

The Estate runs a membership program - you can register on line - and members can buy wine on the Ricasoli website.
Accommodation

Villa Agresto is a charming guest house situated on a hill to southwest of Brolio Castle, and is one of the most beautiful, eighteenth-century farmhouses on the property of Barone Ricasoli. 

It is located in an incredibly tranquil part of the estate and completely surrounded by Brolio vineyards where one can enjoy the panorama that stretches from the towers of Siena to Mount Amiata and Radicofani.  Guests can also take in the breathtaking views while relaxing outside by the pool. 

Only members of the Estates "club" can stay at the villa.