Castello Banfi Super Tuscans
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A medium-bodied red, offering blackcurrants and crushed stones with some cassis-bush and mint undertones. Creamy and firm, with a bright, racy finish. Drink or hold.
Saturated with black currant and blackberry flavors, this red also reveals, bell pepper, eucalyptus, iron and tobacco notes. Dense tannins hold court on the finish, while the fruit, savory and mineral elements linger. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah. Best from 2024-2037. -B.S.
A rich and smooth red with currant, cherry and berry character, showing the ripeness of the vintage. But the palate is smooth and round with a full body and ripe tannins. Very drinkable now, but better in a year or two.
Sleek and balanced, setting the stage for black cherry, blueberry, iron and tobacco notes, this is firm, lean almost, with refined tannins and a lingering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah. Drink now through 2028.
Aromas of berries, currants and flowers follow through to a full body with round, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Remains fresh, nicely herbal and balanced throughout. Better in a year or two, but already really attractive. Drink or hold.
A fruity style that's beginning to mellow, with black currant, floral, woodsy, mushroom, iron and spice flavors. Juicy and focused, offering refined tannins and terrific harmony. The lingering finish is persistent, maintaining the fruit character. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah. Drink now through 2035.
A dense, chunky style, this boasts black cherry, black currant, wild herb and iron flavors. Remains firm and compact from start to finish, yet shows balance within that profile. Decant now. Should be better after another year in bottle. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah. Best from 2021 through 2036.
Brambleberries, lemon rind and mint. Medium body, very fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now.
A blend consisting of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 15% Syrah, this has aromas of black currant, pipe tobacco and a whiff of purple flower. Vibrant and elegant, the medium-bodied palate offers succulent blackberry, crunchy red cherry, clove and star anise alongside polished, fine-grained tannins.
2016 TEXSOM International Wine Competition Gold Medal
A big and juicy wine, with plums and berries and toasted oak. A little spicy, with cedar and dried fruits aftertaste. Best after 2012. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah.
Gorgeous aromas of blackberries and spices follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity, spicy finish. Give it three or four years to soften. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah.
A delicious red with plum, lemon rind and blackcurrant aromas and flavors. A little austere now but shows a long and characterful finish. Cabernet sauvignon comes through here with purity. Drink now or hold.
A chewy red with shaved-chocolate, berry and nutmeg character. Full and savory. Lots of fruit. Clean finish. Always an excellent Super Tuscan. A blend of merlot, cabernet and sangiovese. Drink now.
This blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah shows a decadently soft side thanks to its aromas of black cherry, tobacco, chocolate and subtle spice. It delivers density and substance on the finish and would pair with pasta and creamy porcini sauce. – M.L. (10/1/2012)