Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi 1999
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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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External Reviews for Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi
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
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.
An incredibly complex and full-bodied wine with ripe, concentrated dark berry fruit and smoked meat flavors coupled with a finish that is seemingly endless.
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
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.
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.
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.