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Castello Banfi

Brunello di Montalcino,
 2015

$74.95 $66.99/bottle

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Description

Huge potential for this elegant and powerful Brunello. Deep red with garnet nuances, the nose reveals its complexity with aromas of plum, ripe cherry and small red fruits that perfectly combine with those of licorice and tobacco. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with pleasant and soft tannins. Intense finish and great persistence

Variety: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Winemaker: Castello Banfi
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Intense ruby red in color with garnet reflections. Aromas of violets and vanilla, with hints of licorice. Velvety palate, with tart-cherry flavors and traces of spice. Well-structured with supple tannins, superb concentration, and good acidity. Persistent finish

John's Notes

I’ve been tasting a lot of Italian wine lately in preparation for my next blind … and have really been enjoying them. When I drink a Brunello, I’m expecting the following:

  • Appearance: Pale to Medium Ruby
  • Aromas: Medium+ intensity notes of violet, sour red cherry, dried herbs, earth, licorice, leather, and tobacco spice
  • Palate: Dry, High acidity, High tannins, High alcohol (Montalcino is the only place in Tuscany where Sangiovese can fully ripen), Full body, Medium+ to Pronounced flavor intensity, Medium+ to Long finish, Very Good to Outstanding quality, and the ability to age for potentially 20 years in the bottle
  • In addition to specifications relative to max yield, pruning, and trellising, Italy’s regulations for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are such that the wine must be 100% Sangiovese grapes grown only in this appellation, and spend at least 5 years aging prior to market of which at least 2 years must be in oak
Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Castello Banfi

  • Banfi is a private concern, founded in New York in 1919 by John Mariani, Sr. and today owned and operated by his grandchildren

Variety:  100% Sangiovese

Region: Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Climate/Vintage:

  • Located in southern Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino has a Mediterranean climate with continental influence and is thus warmer than Chianti Classico. Cool moderating winds from the southwest create a wide diurnal range that helps preserve the grapes’ acidity

Viticulture:

  • The grapes are from our Estate vineyards on the southern hills of Montalcino at an altitude of 720 feet above sea level
  • The soil is stony, calcareous and well-structured
  • Banfi is 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)

Winemaking: 

  • Our Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a culmination of over three decades of Castello Banfi ’s pioneering research on the clones of Sangiovese; with the goal of producing a more outstanding quality Brunello
  • A meticulous grape selection is followed by vinification with skin contact for 10-12 days
  • Released in the 5th year after harvest, the wine is aged for a minimum of 4 years, including 2 years in oak barrels of various sizes, mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak casks

Alcohol:  14.5%

RS:  0.5 g/L

Pairs Well With: Red meats, wild game, aged cheeses

Reviews

James Suckling (94): So many spices line the nose here including cinnamon, cardamom, aniseed and walnuts. But there’s no shortage of red plums and dried cherries either. Balanced and suave, this is a sophisticated Brunello with a sleek frame of tannins and subtle yet persistent acidity. Drink from 2021

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (93): The Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is fragrant and bright. Aromas of wild cherry, blackberry and plum emerge from the glass with spice, tar and licorice following close in tow. The unified front created by those aromas adds to the overall intensity and purity of the wine. The wine is silky and glossy with a mid-weight style that wraps closely over the palate. This Brunello is fermented in both steel and oak. About 80% of the total volume ages in 60- or 90-hectoliter botte made with French oak, and 20% is aged in new barrique. The wine was bottled in April 2019 and hit the market in January 2020. Some 580,000 bottles were made. You can drink this accessible wine straight out of the gate or wait to age it longer

Wine Spectator (93): Intense, with tension between the bright strawberry and cherry fruit flavors and the compact feel of the tannic structure. Wild herb, almond and earth accents add detail. There is a lot going on in this red, stretched tightly. Long finish. Best from 2024 through 2042

Wine & Spirits (90): Notes of tobacco, baking spice and toasted almond weave through this wine’s flavors of red cherry and raspberry preserves, the wine ripe and balanced for current drinking

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