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Castello Banfi Chianti Classico 1998

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This 1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino "Poggio Alle Mura" is from the historic Poggio Alle Mura estate which has the ideal conditions for growing high quality Brunello Sangiovese, and has incredible concentration of fruit, complex aromas of spice, flowers, and earthy notes with a fine tannic structure and outstanding long finish. "Superconcentrated aromas, with loads of jam, almost raisin aromas, with hints of spices and flowers. Full-bodied, with good and refined tannins and a medium finish. *93 points*"Wine Spectator *Only a couple bottles left - subject to availability.*

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

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


Snooth User: 97mjr
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0.00 5
03/04/2009

($60) closed with minimal tannins, blunted fruit and brief finish


Snooth User: franco2000
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4.00 5
03/06/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Castello Banfi Chianti Classico

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Round and smoky, with more modern touches than many riserva-level Brunelli. The bouquet offers sweet fruit, while the palate delivers a full-court press of cherry and raspberry along with firm, hard-hitting tannins. Lively acids and a bit sharp. Not one-dimensional, but not overly complex, either.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This balanced red is built for aging. Loads of strawberry, cherry and red licorice aromas. Full-bodied and very tannic, yet refined and polished, with a caressing texture. Long, long finish. A masterpiece. Best after 2004.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Superconcentrated aromas, with loads of jam, almost raisin aromas, with hints of spices and flowers. Full-bodied, with good and refined tannins and a medium finish. A bit short. Should develop with age. Best after 2004.


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01/03/2013

Superconcentrated aromas, with loads of jam, almost raisin aromas, with hints of spices and flowers. Full-bodied, with good and refined tannins and a medium finish. A bit short. Should develop with age. Best after 2004. 10,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 750ml


External Review
07/28/2010

Loads of mineral and dried flowers behind the ripe fruit and almost raisiny character. Full-bodied, with smooth, silky tannins and a long fruity, berry, almost fresh herb aftertaste. An exceptional wine. Best after 2004. 45,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Medium-deep red. Flamboyantly sweet nose offers plum, mocha, nutty oak and a woodsy element. Broad, smooth and quite full, with a much more refined texture and a stronger primary fruit component than the basic bottling. The sweet plum and currant fruit flavors are complemented but not overwhelmed by oak notes of coffee and mocha. This generous Brunello really spreads out on the palate and fills the mouth, without coming across as heavy. A very satisfying drink, but I doubt I would have recognized it as 100% sangiovese.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The estate's single-vineyard 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura is considerably richer and darker than the regular bottling. Smoke, tar, new leather and French oak lead to wild black cherries and licorice. The fruit boasts tons of depth and concentration, but the tannins suggest elements of over-extraction. Still, the 2004 Poggio alle Mura is an impressive wine, and one can only imagine what might be possible with this site if the winemaking were a little less heavy-handed. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.


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This 1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino "Poggio Alle Mura" is from the historic Poggio Alle Mura estate which has the ideal conditions for growing high quality Brunello Sangiovese, and has incredible concentration of fruit, complex aromas of spice, flowers, and earthy notes with a fine tannic structure and outstanding long finish. "Superconcentrated aromas, with loads of jam, almost raisin aromas, with hints of spices and flowers. Full-bodied, with good and refined tannins and a medium finish. *93 points*"Wine Spectator *Only a couple bottles left - subject to availability.*

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