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Oxford Liquor Shoppe USD 79.99 750ml

Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi 1999

Winemaker's Notes:

"Not giving away much right now, but it’s deep and concentrated. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty. Give this time....94." Wine Spectator Weekly 3/04

Bodega Banfi:
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

Member Reviews for Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi

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Snooth User: Debra Meiburg MW
6836507,588
0.00 5
01/05/2011

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


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
06/21/2009

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
06/24/2009

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External Reviews for Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/24/2009

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


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/08/2011

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


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"Not giving away much right now, but it’s deep and concentrated. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty. Give this time....94." Wine Spectator Weekly 3/04

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