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Castello Banfi Super Tuscans

Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

Magna Cum Laude, Latin for “with high honors,” combines Montalcino’s historic Sangiovese Brunello clone with international grape varieties of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. Magna Cum Laude flanks two other Castello Banfi proprietary cuvées bearing Latin names, SummuS “the highest,” and ExcelsuS, meaning “eminent.”

Features
Varieties
Cabernet

Sauvignon

Merlot
Sangiovese
Syrah
Tech Info
Alcohol :14.4% Vol*
Total Acidity :4.7 g/l*
Residual Sugar:1.2 g/l*
*Technical Data May Vary With Vintage
Availability
Size(s):750ml 0 80516 03324 2
Pack(s):750ml 6pk
Soil and Origin
Soil:Stony and calcareous.
Origin:Montalcino, Southern Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes
Bouquet:
Full bouquet, with aromas of blackberries and plums, complemented by licorice, black olives, and pipe-tobacco notes.
Taste:
Full-bodied, with supple tannins.
Food Pairing:
A perfect match for rustic bean soups, grilled meats, and aged cheeses.
Winemaking
Each variety is vinifi ed separately and aged 6-8 months to enhance its unique characteristics. The cuvée is then made and aged an additional 6-8 months. It is unfi ltered to preserve its unique character. At least 6 months of bottle rest follows.

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Reviews

94 pts
2021 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2021 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
Date posted: February 20, 2024
94 pts
2020 Castello Banfi Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2020 Castello Banfi Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
Date posted: October 4, 2023
93 pts
2020 Castello Banfi Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2020 Castello Banfi Cum Laude Toscana IGT

Aromas of dark berries, dried herbs, pine wood and spice box on offer. Full and dense with taut, slightly chewy tannins. Structured and layered with a freshness to the fruit and a linear finish. Sustainable.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
93 pts
2020 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2020 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

Both elegant and intense, this red features pure black currant, blackberry, olive paste, cedar, iron and a hint of anise aromas and flavors. Balanced and vibrant, with excellent staying power on the fruit- and mineral-laced aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah. Drink now through 2030.

Date posted: June 15, 2023
92 pts
2019 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: September 30, 2022
93 pts
2019 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: June 17, 2022
92 pts
2017 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
92 pts
2017 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: October 14, 2021
94 pts
2016 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
93 pts
2016 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
90 pts
2016 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 Magna Cum Laude Toscana IGT

Aromas of black-skinned berry, sandalwood and mocha shape the nose on this medium-bodied red. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, the savory palate offers dried black cherry, tobacco and espresso alongside polished tannins.

Date posted: March 26, 2020
92 pts
2015 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

The currant, violet and berry aromas come through clearly here. Full-bodied, layered and rich with plenty of ripe tannins and a flavorful finish.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
92 pts
2015 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
91 pts
2014 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

Brambleberries, lemon rind and mint. Medium body, very fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
91 pts
2013 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2013 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
Gold
2011 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2011 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

2016 TEXSOM International Wine Competition Gold Medal

Date posted: May 9, 2016
92 pts
2009 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2008 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2008 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2011 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2011 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
92 pts
2012 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2012 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2009 Cum Laude Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 Cum Laude Toscana IGT

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)

Date posted: March 8, 2013