|~ The Ancient Abbey near Sant’Antimo ~
The wine was reticent on the nose. Agitating in the decanter helped a bit, but the aromas are simply angry at being uncorked – like a teenager you’re trying to wake up at 8AM on Sunday morning. The fruit, tobacco, and flowers are there, but they don’t want to be. On the palate, the wine is more approachable, more expressive. While not exuberant, the core of fruit is there, but it’s hiding behind a stern wall of tannin and while dusty and not angular, they still obscure the fruit. There’s a pretty note of espresso bean that I hope the wine retains as it matures. I don’t ever recall a Castello Banfi estate Brunello being this backward. The fruit plumped up with dinner – roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic, but this isn’t anywhere near it’s apex. HOLD. Providing a score is too difficult here, but I think a range is appropriate with the caveat – Judgement Reserved. Approx. 88-92 points. About $45.
|~ Like a sleeping teenager – leave this one alone ~