Banfi Castello 2007 Brunello DI Montalcino, $49.29-$62.99, 92 points, begins light and bright in the glass; the cranberry to burgundy color terminates transparent at the rim.
The nose was asleep; even with considerable swishing and swirling the slumber was tenacious, but finally some hints of sweet cooking spice and tobacco became apparent.
Flavors of mild red fruit, especially strawberry, were warm and delicate, but the fortunate finish culminated a rather weak effort for a Brunello; the medium body of good acidity and moderate tannin found its footing in a trailing palate, a touch of heat (14.5% alcohol), and a long lasting spiciness.
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