Thursday, May 24, 2012

Banfi Castello 2009 Rosso di Montalcino

2009 Банфі Россо ді Монтальчіно, $15,29-$19.99, 91 points, was a better wine (to me) than Banfi's Chianti Classico Riserva.
The color was garnet to ruby with a very wide youthful clear rim.

Aromas were floral with earthy cherry.
The texture was light to medium and carried a lively expression of red cherry flavors and finished long and strong on spice with a well-balanced 14% alcohol.
Maybe too high of a score for a rather one-dimensional table-wine, but I was impressed by its bright and focused food-friendliness with a drink alone quality.

I'm sure as I give this wine some air I'll discover other subtle attributes which seem hidden in this in-your-face 100% Sangiovese.
I have an older vintage in the cellar and intend to dig it out to compare.
Stay tuned!

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1 comment:

  1. Dennis,

    It is without question, a better wine than Banfi's CCR. There's a distinction there however. The CCR is made at Castello Banfi with purchased fruit. Banfi doesn't own any vineyards in Chianti. That's why it's imported and sold under the "Banfi" label as opposed to their estate grown wines labeled "Castello Banfi". Good note. Their rosso is definitely more straight forward, however, I do find it a bit more complex than you seem to indicate.

    I see the "Le Rime" in the background too. Nice little wine there, excellent value.