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Castello Banfi Chianti Classico 1997

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Snooth User: Debra Meiburg MW
0.00 5

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

Snooth User: TheKozars
0.00 5

Really nice and smooth. Had rounded out significantly. Prefer stronger, more forward Brunello, still great to drink. $52 VW

Snooth User: skuatt
4.00 5

Super Brunello that you will remember for years

Snooth User: skunk55
4.00 5

My first Brunello - although not as big as I had expected, perhaps due to holding time, the tannins were nice and round, more medium bodied than full. Beautiful ruby color, loam and mineral on front palate, nice dark fruit on mid-palate and satisfying finish. Delicious paired with Bizteca Florentine and crisped potatoes.

Snooth User: Hawk
4.50 5

Four and a half glasses

External Reviews for Castello Banfi Chianti Classico

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Wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries and flowers. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. A very fine wine. Always a winner. Drink now through 2008.

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Dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry, dried flowers and cherry. Very intense and concentrated nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long flavorful finish. Lots of light vanilla and crushed dark fruits on the finish. Solid now, but better with age. Best after 2010.

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Blackberry and blueberry aromas are focused and ultraclean. Full-bodied, with a deep core of pretty fruit and polished tannins that go on and on. Closed and tight right now, but will open into something very special indeed. Best after 2011.

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Intense aromas of smoke and coffee open to layers of beautiful, pure fruit. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins. Absolutely gorgeous. Just like the 1997. I love it. Drink now through 2015.

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A gigantic wine, this delivers tons of fruit flavors and tannins, yet is superbly balanced. Full-bodied, with fully ripe tannins and a spicy, fruity aftertaste. Best wine even from this winery. Best after 2001.

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Blockbuster. Incredibly intense black cherry aromas, with hints of mint and red licorice. It soon turns to flowers. Full-bodied, and full-throttled, with masses of tannins and concentrated fruit. Very extracted. Needs time still. Best after 2006. 5,0... Wine Spectator. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio All'Oro Riserva 750ml

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Banfi, truly one of the leaders of the region, takes its usually fine brunello to another level with this huge single vineyard wine, its fully ripe tannins wrapping themselves around the masses of fruit flavors.

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