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Castello Banfi 2003

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"Red Wine Italian Red by Banfi from Tuscany, Italy. Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino is a wine of noble origins and impressive original thinking. Made from 100% select Brunello clones, Rosso di Montalcino is considered Brunello`s younger sibling. Rosso di Montalcino is aged less than its elder... "

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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

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Snooth User: Debra Meiburg MW
6836507,588
0.00 5
01/03/2011

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


Snooth User: yoscott
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3.50 5
04/26/2010

For the price I paid, I expected a bit more than what I got. Overall, a very good wine, but not as good as others I have had in this price range. Hints of oak and cherry with good tannins. A little dryer than I was expecting, but still, a very good wine.


Snooth User: DrSMF
11775917
4.00 5
01/14/2009

Easy to drink. Moderate tannins and great with red meat as one would expect. Nice mouth feel and finish.


Snooth User: Danny C
9917786
3.50 5
12/19/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Castello Banfi

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

WS: 90 Points WE: 89 Points RP: 88 Points ST: 87 Points


External Review
06/20/2010

Schön dunkles und sattes Rubin. Der edel anmutende Duft von Dörrfrüchten und sauberem Holz sowie die feingliedrige Frucht (dunkle Beeren, etwas Minze) am Gaumen machen diesen Wein zu einem höchst erfreulichen Trinkvergnügen. Der Wein wirkt sehr harmonisch: Perfekte Verschmelzung von Fruchtkomponenten und Holzaromen, geschmeidig gegliedert die Tannine, kompakt und vielschichtig das Finale. Ein wunderbarer Brunello.


External Review
03/01/2013

A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2003 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


External Review
04/12/2011

90 Points - Wine SpectatorShows clean blueberry pie and floral aromas and flavors on a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a tight finish. Clean and carefully constructed. Balanced and long. B


External Review
02/24/2010

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2003: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (24 Monate),Jahrgang: 2003Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: ToskanaWeingut: Castello BanfiRebsorte: 100% SangioveseRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 0.13 Rotwein


External Review
01/23/2010

Impressive nose for the vintage, with loads of ripe fruit and beautiful flowers. Full-bodied and very velvety, with beautiful tannins and great fruit.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 90Shows clean blueberry pie and floral aromas and flavors on a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a tight finish. Clean and carefully constructed. Balanced and long. Best after 2010.Wine Tasting NotesIntense ruby red with garnet reflections. Ethereal, violet, vanilla with hints of licorice. Full, soft, velvety, with traces of spice. Perfect with red meats, wild game and aged cheeses.



"Red Wine Italian Red by Banfi from Tuscany, Italy. Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino is a wine of noble origins and impressive original thinking. Made from 100% select Brunello clones, Rosso di Montalcino is considered Brunello`s younger sibling. Rosso di Montalcino is aged less than its elder... "

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