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Chianti Classico Riserva. Castello Banfi 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Offeing a very evolved nose with it's classic notes of dried cherry and earthy spice this is pretty to smell if note overly complex. On entry there is an explosion of sweet fruit balanced by racy acidity and a wonderful, slightly astringent edge. This remains fruity with notes of currant and citrus dominated the midpalate and a simple, slightly astringent finish. Certainly a crowd pleaser and deliciously at peak but I wouldn't wait any longer 2008-2010.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chianti Classico Riserva. Castello Banfi

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 1990 02/11/2009

Offeing a very evolved nose with it's classic notes of dried cherry and earthy spice this is pretty to smell if note overly complex. On entry there is an explosion of sweet fruit balanced by racy acidity and a wonderful, slightly astringent edge. This remains fruity with notes of currant and citrus dominated the midpalate and a simple, slightly astringent finish. Certainly a crowd pleaser and deliciously at peak but I wouldn't wait any longer 2008-2010.


Member Reviews for Chianti Classico Riserva. Castello Banfi

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Snooth User: heathbodell
461225696
1.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/27/2012

No body. Dull with no taste. No complexity at all.


Snooth User: David Pelster
149834436
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/04/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Austinista
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/09/2012

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/31/2012

nice nose of cherries....smooth tannins accompanied by a full bodied lingering finish...


Snooth User: Oiner
88608821
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/03/2012

The wine is so smooth, it is almost sweet. Excellent bouquet, gentle finish. Hint of cherry and oak. Most pleasant. Great value wine.


Snooth User: becool
85318612
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/18/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: newyorkwineguy
378273250
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/10/2011

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Chianti Classico Riserva. Castello Banfi

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 10/11/2015

Nestled between the Orcia and Ombrone rivers on the southern slopes of Montalcino, Tuscany, the Castello Banfi vineyard estate is unique for its wine culture and tradition. The wines of Banfi Toscana range, produced with grapes selected from specific Banfi vineyards as well as other noble areas of the region, express the genuine and authentic character of Tuscany. They reflect the love for Tuscany, revealing joy and genuine nature in their easy-drinking style Thanks to an inherent liveliness and freshness, these wines are appropriate for everyday consumption, yet always reflect the Banfi standard of character and quality. PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE: The alcoholic fermentation with a medium period of maceration is followed by 2 years of aging in Slavonian oak barrels (60-120 hl). The wine concludes its evolution with an at least 6-month bottle aging. DESCRIPTION: Colour: mauve red. Bouquet: intense with notes of vanilla, liquorice and chocolate. Taste: round, spicy, elegant and well structured. WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Celebrating the best Tuscan tradition Banfi offers a family of Chianti wines varied and complementary, unique in its style. Chianti Riserva is produced from selected grapes grown in the "Classico" region of Chianti between Siena and Firenze. It is elegant, well-balanced, full-bodied with a very long aging potential. FOOD PAIRINGS: It superbly accompanies meat dishes and typical Tuscan cuisine.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/04/2012

Colour: mauve red. Bouquet: intense with notes of vanilla, liquorice and chocolate. Taste: round, spicy, elegant and well structured.It superbly accompanies meat dishes and typical Tuscan cuisine. Banfi Website


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

A rich style, displaying concentrated flavors of cherry, blackberry, earth and tea. Generous and muscular on the finish, where leather, earth and tea notes reign. Best from 2016 through 2028.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 03/23/2014

Deep ruby in color. Rich bouquet of cherries, plums, and iris. Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this starts with aromas of red berry, blue flower and spice. The juicy palate serves up black cherry and cinnamon-spice along with notes of espresso. It’s soft and one-dimensional but delicious none the less.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 03/23/2014

Deep ruby in color. Rich bouquet of cherries, plums, and iris. Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2005 11/25/2009

Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 750ML




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