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Castello Banfi 2005

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Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavi, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking. Called "Poggio alle Mura" to honor the historical name of the medieval fortress crowning the vineyard estate, the wine's vineyard runs down the slopes surrounding the castle - today called Castello Banfi. Poggio alle Mura is the result of over two decades of research in clonal selection for the Sangiovese varietal. Poggio alle Mura is also Castello Banfi's first unfiltered wine, encompassing a full body and complexity unique to the genre. The wine is deep ruby tending toward garnet in color and has aromas of violets, sweet ripe red fruits and berries as well as cigar box, cedar and exotic spices like clove and cardamom. The finish is long and persistent. Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino is best exhibited with game, red meats, roasts, hearty stews and rich powerful cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano. Wine Spectator rates this 92 points and says, "Impresses with its ripe fruit and depth of fresh herbs and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and an intense, rich finish. There's a lovely polished texture and depth of fruit. Best after 2011. 5,000 cases made" -JS

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Snooth User: Debra Meiburg MW
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0.00 5
01/05/2011

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


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
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2.50 5
02/18/2011

Tabacco leaves.


Snooth User: CageyT
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3.00 5
05/31/2010

A solid example of Chianti. Is getting better with age.


Snooth User: eric Barnard
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3.00 5
03/14/2008

Banfi Chianti Classico is a rich ruby red wine made from the area's famous Sangiovese grapes. Fresh and well-ballanced with pleasing aromas of cherries and plums.


Snooth User: mgu1637
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4.00 5
09/24/2009

A friend suggested i try this...he is still a friend... Excellent throughly enjoyed this from the first sip on.


Snooth User: Nagasaki
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4.00 5
01/16/2011

I thoroughly enjoy this wine every time I drink it. It has a sour, cherry tang to it combined with a great nose of plum and blackcurrants. Not too heavy and very dependable too. It is always a shame to get to the bottom of it, unless of course there is another one behind it. Can be found for less than £20 too from a few places making it even better.


Snooth User: mgkeane
26522014
4.00 5
12/10/2009

Have always loved this wine. Rich, smooth. Have just bought a batch for Holidays


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External Reviews for Castello Banfi

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesYoung mauve red color. Complex aromas with varietal notes of plum, blackberry and hints of licorice, vanilla and light leather. Fruit forward, with black-fruit notes. Good structure, well balanced, with a lingering finish.


External Review
02/12/2011

Schön dunkles Rubinrot. 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: Schöne Verschmelzung von Fruchtkomponenten und Holzaromen, geschmeidig gegliedert die Tannine, kompakt und vielschichtig das Finale. Ein wunderbarer Brunello.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIntense deep garnet-red color. Delicate aromas, with characteristic notes of plum, cherry, and a hint of leather. Supple tannins and a well-balanced structure. Enjoyable now, but with the potential for medium- to long-term aging.


External Review
03/16/2010

Banfi Belnero Sangiovese 2005 and all other wine from Banfi are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



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Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavi, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking. Called "Poggio alle Mura" to honor the historical name of the medieval fortress crowning the vineyard estate, the wine's vineyard runs down the slopes surrounding the castle - today called Castello Banfi. Poggio alle Mura is the result of over two decades of research in clonal selection for the Sangiovese varietal. Poggio alle Mura is also Castello Banfi's first unfiltered wine, encompassing a full body and complexity unique to the genre. The wine is deep ruby tending toward garnet in color and has aromas of violets, sweet ripe red fruits and berries as well as cigar box, cedar and exotic spices like clove and cardamom. The finish is long and persistent. Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino is best exhibited with game, red meats, roasts, hearty stews and rich powerful cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano. Wine Spectator rates this 92 points and says, "Impresses with its ripe fruit and depth of fresh herbs and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and an intense, rich finish. There's a lovely polished texture and depth of fruit. Best after 2011. 5,000 cases made" -JS

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