Castello Banfi sits upon rolling Tuscan hills, and has almost 2,400 acres under vine. A famed Brunello producer, they also produce several notable Super Tuscans, including Summus. 
Summus, Latin for Summit or Highest Excellence, is a majestic, almost regal Super Tuscan.  The 2004 Castello Banfi Summus  is jet black in the decanter and looks like a barrel sample, instead of a wine that is already 8 years old.  After being decanted for 60 minutes, swirling the wine in the glass ushers in aromas of black fruits, currants, and slight spice. In the mouth, the wine is dominated at the moment by the Cabernet in the blend.  It’s black fruit flavors are juicy and precise and there are accents of green tobacco and toasted spice. The Sangiovese and Syrah are in there somewhere, but at the moment, I can’t find them.  Ripe tannins clamp down on the finish, so the overall feel is that this wine is too young and simply not ready. Be patient if you have them.
Summus typically behaves as a Cabernet in it’s youth, and as the wine ages, becomes more Brunello-like and complex in it’s flavor and aroma profile.  This one appears to be no exception to that rule.  Alongside grilled steak with all the fixings, the tannins melted away and the fruit really plumped up, but I sense there is a lot more this one  has to show.   Summus is a blend of Sangiovese Grosso (40%) Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Syrah (20%).    91 points.  About $54.

2004 Castello Banfi Summus

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