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Brunello di Montalcino. Castello Banfi 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Vineyards: Estate vineyards on the southern hills of Montalcino. The grapes are grown in stony, calcareous and well-structured soil at an altitude of 720 feet above sea level. Winemaking: A meticulous grape selection is followed by vinification with skin contact for 10-12 days. Released in the 5th year after harvest, the wine is aged for a minimum of 4 years, including 2 years in oak barrels of various sizes, mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak casks. Tasting Notes: Color: Intense ruby red with garnet reflections. Bouquet: Ethereal, violet, vanilla with hints of licorice. Taste: Full, soft, velvety, with traces of spice. Food Pairing: Perfect with red meats, wild game and aged cheeses. Additional Notes: 100% Sangiovese, select clones.

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Bodega Banfi:
Banfi is a private concern, founded in New York in 1919 by John Mariani, Sr. and today owned and operated by his grandchildren. The company is focused on the production and import of wine.   Banfi Vintners   Banfi Vintners is the sole U.S. importer of the Mariani family’s internationally renowned wine estates in Italy: Castello Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, and Banfi P... Read more
Banfi is a private concern, founded in New York in 1919 by John Mariani, Sr. and today owned and operated by his grandchildren. The company is focused on the production and import of wine.   Banfi Vintners   Banfi Vintners is the sole U.S. importer of the Mariani family’s internationally renowned wine estates in Italy: Castello Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, and Banfi Piemonte of Strevi, Piedmont. Banfi also imports the wines of several other producers, including category leaders Bolla, Florio, Fontana Candida, Placido, Riunite, and Sartori from Italy, Concha y Toro and Emiliana from Chile, and Trivento from Argentina, Wisdom & Warter Sherries from Spain and Stone’s Ginger wine from England. The company has ranked as North America’s leading wine importer for more than three decades.   Origins   When he established the company on Spring Street in the heart of New York’s Little Italy, John Mariani, Sr. named the company after an aunt, Teodolinda Banfi, a woman of eclectic tastes who supervised his early education and greatly influenced his views toward fine wines. Until her retirement, she had served as head of the household staff of the late Pope Pius XI, and is distinguished as the first lay person ever to hold that post.   Castello Banfi   Tuscany’s most honored vineyard estate, Castello Banfi’s award-winning wines are exported to over 85 countries around the world. Lauded for groundbreaking research on the Sangiovese vine to produce superior Brunello and super Tuscan wines; producing healthy, more organic wines that are low in sulfites and histamines; and developing cutting edge winemaking techniques, Castello Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000). Castello Banfi is a beacon for hospitality in the region, with a full service enoteca, glass museum, winery tours, informal Taverna for lunch, fine dining at the Michelin star-rated Castello Banfi – Il Ristorante, and luxury rooms and suites at the recently opened Castello Banfi – Il Borgo.   Banfi Piemonte   Banfi Piemonte is the name of the family’s sparkling wine cellars in Strevi, Piedmont, run in conjunction with the nearby single-vineyard estates of Principessa Gavia and Rosa Regale.   Giving Back   Banfi’s success has enabled the company to play a broad philanthropic role through the Banfi Foundation. The Foundation provided seed money to help Catholic Relief Services build a technical school and an orphanage as well as an 800-unit housing project in Potenza, Italy, where thousands were left homeless after a devastating earthquake in the early 1980s. It also generously endows select charities and universities around the world, and sponsors annual scholastic tours to study the food and wine culture of Italy.   Family Leadership   Banfi is led today by two grandchildren of the founder: James Mariani and Cristina Mariani-May, who share the title of co-CEO. Their fathers, Chairman Emeritus Dr. John F. Mariani and President Emeritus Harry F. Mariani, continue as active counsel to the executive committee and are members of the firm’s advisory board. Banfi’s world headquarters is a 60-room Elizabethan manor located on a 127-acre estate and vineyard in Old Brookville, New York. Read less

Member Reviews for Brunello di Montalcino. Castello Banfi

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Snooth User: selfridge
14052523
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Tim 2010
22318684
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/15/2012

Castello Banfi across all the products have a particular style and can be relied on. A Brunello di Montalcino is a big muscular wine that is full bodied and food friendly. This 2007 has a bold dark cherry start with balanced tannins that highlights liquorice with some lighter leather notes. Smooth finish.


Snooth User: Debra Meiburg MW
6836507,588
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/05/2011

See Ernico Viglierchio (Castello Banfi) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#6): www.debramasterofwine.com


Snooth User: CheloSpahn
1144627499
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/24/2012

Castello Banfi Brunello di montalcino 2004 Este vino fué algo sorprendente. Su color granate opaco denota su edad y los aromas balsámicos y de aceituna sobresalen en nariz para luego aparecer esa fruta negra madura y mezclarse con la especia. En boca tiene una entrada ligera para luego expandirse con esa acidez característica, sorprende un poco el cuerpo ligero que tiene con esos taninos jugosos y aterciopelados. El final es algo único siendo muy prolongado y muy sedoso.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/29/2012

I found this very nice, but a tad tart. - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: TheKozars
890635594
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 02/05/2012

This vintage is excellent, deep and full bodied, yet not overpowering. Decant for an hour and taste it open up. A great Brunello from a great house. $39.95 VW


Snooth User: Peter
3039174
0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/10/2007

tannic - 7/10 - very tannic.


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External Reviews for Brunello di Montalcino. Castello Banfi

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 01/30/2017

Vineyards: Estate vineyards on the southern hills of Montalcino. The grapes are grown in stony, calcareous and well-structured soil at an altitude of 720 feet above sea level. Winemaking: A meticulous grape selection is followed by vinification with skin contact for 10-12 days. Released in the 5th year after harvest, the wine is aged for a minimum of 4 years, including 2 years in oak barrels of various sizes, mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak casks. Tasting Notes: Color: Intense ruby red with garnet reflections. Bouquet: Ethereal, violet, vanilla with hints of licorice. Taste: Full, soft, velvety, with traces of spice. Food Pairing: Perfect with red meats, wild game and aged cheeses. Additional Notes: 100% Sangiovese, select clones.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2015

Aromas include leafy underbrush, fennel, prune and grilled herb. The straightforward palate offers tart red berry, mint, dried sage and white pepper alongside grippy tannins and brisk acidity. Drink after 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/14/2015

Aromas of eucalyptus, baked plum, leather and licorice complement the chocolate, leather and tar flavors. On the savory side, with dusty tannins finishing balanced and long. Best from 2016 through 2028. 48,500 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/12/2009

Brunello di Montalcino was Italy's first wine to be accorded D.O.C.G. status, a testament to its aristocracy, balance and fabulous proclivity for aging. Under the direction of Banfi's master winemakers, estate Sangiovese grapes are transformed into a remarkable world-class wine, perhaps the most respected red of Italy. Aged for a total of up to four years, including a minimum of two years in oak barrels, Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of robust character. It possesses a rich garnet color, and a depth, complexity and opulence that is softened by an elegant, lingering aftertaste. Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino's regal qualities are best exhibited with game, red meats, roasts, hearty stews and rich powerful cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano.


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Vintage: 2010 04/18/2015

Castello Banfi’s 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the ripest wines I have tasted from this vintage. The bouquet opens to chewy tones of cherry or raspberry preserves with dried prunes and figs at the back. This is no surprise considering the softly sloping, sea-facing vineyards located in the lower part of the appellation where temperatures are slightly warmer on average. There is no doubt that this is an impeccably crafted wine (it sees 50-50 aging in French barrique and larger oak casks) that aspires to a great level of intensity, power and fullness. The mouthfeel is round and immediate with sweet fruit flavors. This Brunello will appeal to those who like a softer side of Sangiovese.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 08/08/2013

A vibrant, cherry- and black currant-flavored red, with a bracing structure that drives to the lingering conclusion. The tannins are pronounced yet well-integrated, with hints of spice and tobacco on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/27/2013

Intense red color, with a ruby shade. The aromas are very complex and soft, with notes of plum jam, ripe cherry and red fruit, all well-integrated with hints of licorice and tobacco. Characterized by a powerful but round structure, on the palate it is full and harmonious, with a long and very persistent finish.


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