It’s brooding, it’s tight, it needs to be decanted for 90 minutes plus….but what emerges on the other side is an absolutely gorgeous, richly crafted Brunello.  That such excellence can be achieved on the scale that Castello Banfi manages to execute, is testimony to the expertise of their winemaker Rudi Buratti and his team.
I first tasted this wine back in March of 2012.  I went long after that sample and I’m very glad I did.   The profile of this wine hasn’t budged since and this tasting gives every indication that this Brunello will have a long life ahead.
In the glass, the wine is deep, blackish red.  Faint aromas at first were barely noticeable but after the air mentioned above, a complex array of crushed red fruits, licorice, fennel and pipe tobacco was plentiful.  On the palate, the wine exhibits loads of rich berry fruit with laser like acidity in perfectly balanced proportion to the ripe, velvety tannins.  There’s wild berry, tanned leather, cinnamon spice, red licorice and fresh earth backing the core of fruit. It was absolutely delicious with roasted rack of pork.  This wine will easily drink well for 10-15 more years.  As I said initially, I think it’s the best estate Brunello that Castello Banfi has ever produced.  It’s still available for sale in my market if you search.  95 points, about $55. 

~ Stunning Brunello by Castello Banfi ~


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