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Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi 1999
Across Tuscany and anywhere wine is made, nature gives us its bounty. At Castello Banfi and throughout the varied terroirs and soils that make up our constellation of vineyards, we harvest the goodness of the earth, caressing and nurturing it as we craft our wine to express all its character in every bottle.
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Given the 94 pts by Wine Spectator, I actually saw this at Sams Club for $55 so I grabbed two! I held on to them for a few years and opened one on my birthday last year. Spectacular brunello! Soft mouthfeel like you might expect of a sangiovese but backed up with some intense and interesting flavors. I recall hints of cocoa and earth enveloped within a wonderfully decadent berry sorbet-like bouquet. I plan to hold the other bottle for another special occasion and will be excited to see what more aging brings to it.
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Smoke, leather and cedar on the nose, with tart cherries and dry tree bark to follow. Finishes long and juicy, with rugged tannins and some chocolaty oak.
Good full, deep red. Sexy nose offers bitter cherry, raspberry, rose petal and a whiff of marzipan. Juicy, sweet and enticing, with lovely elegance and energy to the flavors of red fruits and candied rose. Firm but harmonious tannins frame the palate-coating flavors without introducing any hardness. This suave Brunello really reverberates on the rising finish.
This wine shows an incredible concentration of fruit with loads of berries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied with soft and silky tannins and lots of smoky character. Goes for a long time on the finish. Always a benchmark for the region. Best after 2005. 55 000 cases made. JS Wine Spectator.
Not giving away much right now, but it's concentrated and deep. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty. Give this time. Best after 2006. 10,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 1500ml
Impressive saturated ruby, extremely dark for Brunello. Brooding aromas of dark berry syrup and licorice distinct hints of surmaturite Then big, broad and extremely unevolved highly concentrated but currently monolithic, and not really displaying it... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Sangiovese Grosso wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 750ml
Has fabulous aromas of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins, fresh mushrooms and milk chocolate. Chewy in the end. We will see if this is better than the 2001 with age. Best after 2010.
Banfi's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a pretty, delicate offering laced with raspberries, flowers and sweet baking spices. Fine, silky tannins add to an overall impression of elegance as this mid-weight Brunello opens up in the glass. The wine is already quite open and accessible, and should continue to drink well for the better part of the next decade. This is one of the most refined wines I have tasted from Banfi in recent years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
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