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Castello Banfi Super Tuscans

Excelsus Toscana IGT

ExcelsuS, Latin for “eminent,” is produced only in excellent vintages.

Features
Varieties
Merlot:60%
Cabernet

Sauvignon:40%

Tech Info
Alcohol :15% Vol
Total Acidity :4.93 g/l
Residual Sugar:0.5 g/l
Availability
Size(s):750ml 0 80516 04614 3
Pack(s):750ml 6pk
Soil and Origin
Soil:Calcareous and stony.
Origin:Montalcino, Southern Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes
Bouquet:Complex, with aromas of cassis, ripe fruit, licorice and tobacco.
Taste:Powerful, full-bodied and enveloping. Ideal for long aging.
Food Pairing:Ideal with red meats and cheese.
Winemaking
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are vinifi ed separately with a maceration of between 8 and 18 days. Alcoholic fermentation is followed by malolactic fermentation in barriques in temperature controlled areas. For the fi rst 12-14 months, the varieties age separately in French oak barriques. They are then blended and aged as a cuvée for an additional 8 to 10 months. Bottle-aging follows for at least 6 months. The wine is left unfi ltered to retain its subtle nuances of plum, black currant and cedar.

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Reviews

95 pts
2018 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2018 Excelsus Toscana IGT

The aromas of redcurrants, raspberries and orange are so attractive and flow out to a full body with integrated tannins that are creamy and fine. So delicious to drink now, but better after 2024.

Date posted: September 30, 2022
93 pts
2018 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2018 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

This solidly built red is hallmarked by black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit. Richly textured and balanced, revealing iron, tobacco and spice notes as this unravels through the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2023-2033-B.S.

Date posted: June 17, 2022
90 pts
2017 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
Date posted: May 23, 2022
93 pts
2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT
Date posted: January 7, 2022
93 pts
2016 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 Excelsus Toscana IGT
Date posted: August 31, 2020
96 pts
2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Cellar Selection

Date posted: March 26, 2020
94 pts
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
Date posted: October 22, 2019
90 pts
2014 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 Excelsus Toscana IGT

A fresh and fruity red with currants and hints of basil character on the nose and palate. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Needs a year or two to come together completely. Drink in 2020.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
90 pts
2014 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Very Bordeaux-like in aroma and flavor, offering notes of black currant, cedar, cigar box and coffee. Features good acidity and finishes with a light coating of dusty tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2023. 1,600 cases made. –Bs Issue Sep 30, 2018

Date posted: August 1, 2018
92 pts
2012 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2012 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Woodsy, spicy notes are the highlights in this compact, muscular red. The density belies the sweet cherry, currant and plum fruit that should emerge with a little more time. Show fine balance and length. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2029. 1,660 cases made.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
94 pts
2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has enticing aromas of black-skinned fruit, fresh violet, espresso and a whiff of cake spice. Smooth and structured, the elegant palate delivers crushed raspberry, cassis, licorice and clove that follow through to the long finish. A backbone of polished fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity give it an age-worthy structure. Drink 2019–2033.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
92 pts
2010 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2010 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Showing sweet dried cherry and plum flavors, this is ripe and fluid, accented by leather, tea and spice. Firm, with refined tannins on the finish. This would pair nicely with a boar ragu. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.

Date posted: February 18, 2015
90 pts
2009 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Herbal notes of thyme and tomato match up with black cherry and vanilla in this dense red, striking a pleasant balance of dusty tannins, acidity and rich texture. Drink now through 2018. – Bruce Sanderson (10/31/2013)

Date posted: September 26, 2013
93 pts
2009 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Aromas and flavors of prunes, fresh herbs and tobacco follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and milk chocolate and fruit aftertaste. Made from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink or hold. – JS

Date posted: June 19, 2013
97 pts
2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

The 2007 ExcelsuS is a gorgeous super Tuscan expression (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) that shows quality and superior fruit on all levels. Castello Banfi has really hit a home run with this vintage. You’ll encounter persuasive aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco, curry leaf and deep renderings of exotic spice. The wine’s texture is exceedingly smooth, rich and long lasting. – M.L. (10/1/2011)

Date posted: March 8, 2013
95 pts
2007 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2007 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

A full and very juicy red, with loads of blackberry, toasty oak and intense coffee character. Very intense. Superb. Best after 2013.

– J.S. (10/31/2010)

Date posted: March 8, 2013