Aged for a total of up to four years, including a minimum of two years in oak barrels, Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of robust character. It possesses a rich garnet color, and a depth, complexity and opulence that is softened by an elegant, lingering aftertaste.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Banfis 2008 Brunello di Montalcino wraps around the palate with black fruit, tobacco, smoke, licorice and new leather. An attractive, mid-weight wine, the 2008 should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. The 2008 shows lovely density and richness for the year, with hints of smoke, licorice and tobacco that add complexity on the close. This is a fabulous effort considering a production level of around 500,000 bottles, a staggering sum by virtually any standard. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.
"A vibrant, cherry- and black currant-flavored red, with a bracing structure that drives to the lingering conclusion. The tannins are pronounced yet well-integrated, with hints of spice and tobacco on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2032." - Wine Spectator
|"Americans John and Harry Mariani created this estate from scratch beginning in 1978, hiring enologist Ezio Rivella to oversee the winemaking. The work was completed in 1984, and today 2,400 acres of the 7,100 acre property are planted to grapes. Made from 100 percent Sangiovese grown in several estate vineyards, this Brunello spends two and a half years in large oak casks before being bottled. It`s the highest rated Brunello normale from Banfi to date."
|Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino's regal qualities are best exhibited with game, red meats, roasts, hearty stews and rich powerful cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano.