Complex aromas, initially of red fruit and licoricewith a discrete hint of vanilla; a minute or two of patience is rewarded by aromas of coffee, hazelnut, and plum jam. Its softness is well balanced on the palate; it is silky and caressing, giving the sensation of fullness and tone. The long finish is marked by notes of spice and jamminess, a sign of greatness to come.
Brunello di Montalcino was Italy`s first wine to be accorded D.O.C.G. status, a testament to its aristocracy, balance and fabulous proclivity for aging. Under the direction of Banfi`s master winemakers, our Sangiovese grapes are transformed into a remarkable world-class wine, perhaps the most respected red of Italy. 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.
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.
|"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."
|Wine maker notes
|Surprising richness in these sweet tannins, thanks to a summer season without water stress. This allowed for complete development of the polyphenols, while the cool August lengthened the overall maturation. Uncommon variations in temperature between night and day helped develop an exceptional bouquet.
|100% Sangiovese Brunello
Growing Conditions: Spring and the start of summer offered an optimal balance of appropriate temperature and rainfall. Though August was marked by more rainfall and lower temperatures than usual, fair weather returned in early autumn through the harvest period, giving t
Harvest Date: First half of October
Bottling Date: July 1999
Fermentation: 27 - 30Â°C
Fermentation: Length: 2.5 years; Barrel Origin: Slavonian Oak Casks (Foudres), 60hl & 120hl;
Technical data: Brix: 23.2;PH: 3.52;Color Intensity: 830; % Alchool: 13;Fining: egg white;Malic: 0.1;Volatile: 0.55;
|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.