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Reviews

90, BestBuy
2021 Col di Sasso Toscana IGT
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90, BestBuy
Artist Series 2021 Col di Sasso Toscana IGT
Date posted: February 20, 2024
BestValue
2020 Banfi Col di Sasso Toscana IGT
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BestValue
Artist Series 2020 Banfi Col di Sasso Toscana IGT

Offering a mix of black currant, cherry and earth flavors, this red is shaded by iron and tobacco notes. Firm and slightly rustic, with a dash of black pepper on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese

Date posted: September 12, 2023
92 pts
2020 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
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92 pts
Banfi Chianti 2020 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

Notes of red plums and bramble berries with dried rose petals, red licorice and bark. Medium- to full-bodied with chalky texture and vivid fruit. Tannins are velvety and ripe. Racy and spiced on the finish. Sustainable.

Date posted: September 19, 2023
90 pts
2019 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva
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90 pts
Banfi Chianti 2019 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva

This red exhibits black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit accented by iron and earth. Open-knit, making it enjoyable now, with moderately firm tannins on the finish. Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
92 pts
2018 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
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92 pts
Banfi Chianti 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

Deliciously savory, with notes of tar, dark chocolate, olives, currants and sun-dried tomatoes. Medium-bodied with fine, almost silky tannins, accompanied by bright acidity and salty minerality. Fresh finish. Drink now or hold.

Date posted: June 22, 2022
94 pts
2017 Fonte alla Selva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG
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94 pts
Banfi Chianti 2017 Fonte alla Selva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG

A firm, silky red with lots of structure and intensity. It’s full-bodied and tannic, yet the phenolics are polished and well defined. Pretty freshness, despite the hot growing season. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
92 pts
2017 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
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92 pts
Banfi Chianti 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

This definitely shows the ripeness of the vintage with dried fruit and hints of chocolate and crushed stones. It’s full and layered with plenty going on. It’s richer and denser because of the hot 2017 vintage, but it remains quite bright and fresh. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 4, 2022
91 pts
2019 Chianti Classico DOCG
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91 pts
Banfi Chianti 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG

Ranked #2 Top Values of 2021

Pure flavors of strawberry and cherry are the hallmarks of this expressive Chianti Classico, with earth, wild herb and tobacco accents adding depth as this firms up on the lingering finish. Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Date posted: August 11, 2021
91 pts
2016 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
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91 pts
Banfi Chianti 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

A tangy and fruity red with dried cherry, orange peel and stone character is very pretty. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and linear. Shows an energy and tightness. Drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
90 pts
2015 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Chianti 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

Broad and muscular, with an underlying saltiness to the black cherry, blackberry, almond, leather and tar flavors. The tannins lean toward the rustic side as the finish clamps down.

Date posted: September 27, 2019
93 pts
2015 Fonte alla Selva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Docg
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93 pts
Banfi Chianti 2015 Fonte alla Selva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Docg

Dried cherries, wild strawberries, fresh citrus and orange rind. Full body, polished tannins and a succulent, fresh finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
90 pts
2016 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Chianti 2016 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG

Aromas of strawberries, cherries and white chocolate. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh, crisp finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
90 pts
2014 Fonte alla Selva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Docg
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90 pts
Banfi Chianti 2014 Fonte alla Selva Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Docg

Alluring aromas of dark berry, saddle leather, truffle and tilled soil meld together with dark spice. The bright medium-bodied palate shows cranberry, sour cherry and star anise framed in polished tannins. Vibrant acidity lends verve. Drink through 2024.

Date posted: May 7, 2018
90 pts
2013 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Chianti 2013 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG

There’s a linear purity to this red with dried chocolate, plum and peach aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
90 pts
2012 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Chianti 2012 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG

A juicy red with lemon-rind and ripe-berry character. Full body with firm tannins and a juicy finish. Dusty tannins give a pleasing texture to this wine. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2020 Aska Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2020 Aska Bolgheri Rosso DOC
Date posted: February 20, 2024
91 pts
2022 Stil Novo Toscano All'uso Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2022 Stil Novo Toscano All'uso Toscana IGT
Date posted: February 20, 2024
92 pts
2020 Banfi Aska Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2020 Banfi Aska Toscana IGT

Deep character of ripe purple fruit with sweet spices, violets and chocolate notes. Full-bodied, succulent and mellow with creamy tannins and velvety texture. Fruity and lingering. Sustainable.

Date posted: October 5, 2023
90 pts
2021 Banfi L'Altra Anima Barbera Barbera d'Asti DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2021 Banfi L'Altra Anima Barbera Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Date posted: October 4, 2023
93 pts
2019 Banfi ASKA Bolgheri DOC
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2019 Banfi ASKA Bolgheri DOC
Date posted: October 4, 2023
92 pts
2020 Banfi La Lus Piemonte DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2020 Banfi La Lus Piemonte DOC

Dark berries, dark chocolate, licorice and bark on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied with powdery tannins and ripe but juicy fruit character. Velvety finish.

Date posted: September 19, 2023
93 pts
2019 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2019 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Notes of blackberries, dried thyme and lavender, cedar and baking spices. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Serious and structured with dark fruit and plums at the finish. Plenty of potential. Drink from 2024.

Date posted: June 22, 2022
92 pts
2018 La Lus Albarossa
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2018 La Lus Albarossa

Aromas of very ripe, mixed berries with hints of forest floor, chocolate-coated turkish delight and some ash. Full and silky with an intense core of ripe fruit and bright, spicy notes taking hold at the end. Leaves you with fresh salt on your lips. Intriguing and delicious, but this will need a bit of time to meld together better. Best from 2022.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
93 pts
2018 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2018 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

A very pretty Bolgheri red with currant, chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s full and layered with firmness and freshness. Tight at the end, with a lovely texture and finesse to the tannins. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
91 pts
2018 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2018 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Compact, with plum, black cherry, iron and cedar flavors, this gains agility as it builds to the long finish. Not showy, yet harmonious. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2025.

Date posted: October 14, 2021
90 pts
2018 Stil Novo Governo all'Uso Toscano
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2018 Stil Novo Governo all'Uso Toscano

Appealing aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry and flowers render this red charming and accessible. Well structured and harmonious, with a lingering, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2030.

Date posted: October 28, 2020
91 pts
2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

This red starts out accessible, packed with ripe plum, cherry, iron and earth flavors accented by oak spice, before dense tannins firm up the finish. Though finely balanced, elegant and fresh, this will take a few years to integrate all its elements. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2032

Date posted: October 16, 2020
92 pts
2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Aromas of currants and blackberries and hints of mushrooms follow through to a medium body with plenty of fruit, fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Drink after 2022, but already a beauty.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
92 pts
2017 La Lus Albarossa
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2017 La Lus Albarossa

A fruity and softly textured red with plums and light chocolate. Medium body, round tannins and a fruity finish. Delightful to drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
Platinum
2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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Platinum
Banfi Estate Reds 2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
Date posted: April 3, 2020
90 pts
2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2017 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc opens with aromas of dark-skinned berry, leather and a whiff of mocha. The juicy, balanced palate delivers blackberry jam, star anise and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins.

Date posted: April 3, 2020
92 pts
2016 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2016 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Ripe black cherry, plum, herb, leather, earth and salty flavors are supported by a dense structure in this solidly built red. All the components are here, but this needs time to harmonize. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
90 pts
2018 L'Altra Anima Barbera d'Asti DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2018 L'Altra Anima Barbera d'Asti DOCG

Enticing aromas of fresh cherry, raspberry and violet draw you into the silky texture and vibrant profile of this juicy red. Charming and harmonious, lingering pleasantly on the aftertaste.

Date posted: January 29, 2020
92 pts
2016 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2016 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

A juicy and attractive red with currant and berry character and just a hint of hazelnut. Medium body, firm tannins and a linear and fresh finish. Drink from 2021.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
91 pts
2016 La Lus Albarossa
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2016 La Lus Albarossa

Fruity and delicious with crushed berries and hints of chocolate and wet earth. Medium body, light tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
92 pts
2015 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2015 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

This shows dark plums, nutmeg, blackberries and spices. Full body, ripe and round tannins and a chewy finish. Drink in 2020.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
93 pts
2015 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2015 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Dusty black currant, olive, gravel, graphite and spice flavor combine for a positive effect in this tightly wound red. Needs a bit of time to relax, but all the components are well-proportioned. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2032.

Date posted: August 23, 2018
91 pts
2014 La Lus Albarossa
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2014 La Lus Albarossa

Rich and rather fresh at the same time. This is an impressively structured and modern Piemont red for this difficult vintage. A very good balance of black fruits and well-crafted dry tannins on the palate, which are present right through the rather long finish. Drink or hold.

Date posted: July 5, 2018
91 pts
2014 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2014 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

A firm, tight version, whose cherry and currant flavors are fused to dense, dusty tannins. Tobacco, mineral and underbrush notes play out on the lingering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2029. 650 cases made.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
93 pts
2012 La Lus Albarossa
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2012 La Lus Albarossa

A rich, velvety red with glorious dark-fruit character of blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Full body. Juicy finish. A juicy, delicoius red from a grape that is a cross between nebbiolo and barbera. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
92 pts
2013 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2013 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Aromas of blackberries, stones and lavender. Full body, tight and firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Hints of toasted oak and biscuit. Chocolate, too. Banfi continues to make excellent reds in this appellation. A red that is fascinating to drink now but will better in 2016.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
93 pts
2012 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2012 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

A red with currant, blueberry and chocolate character. Full body, firm, velvety tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Needs time to soften but beautiful backbone of fruit and tannins. Banfi’s new wine from Bolgheri gets better and better. Drink in 2016.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2012 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Reds 2012 ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC

May 2015

Date posted: April 30, 2015
BestBuy
2022 Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi DOCG
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BestBuy
Banfi Estate Whites 2022 Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi DOCG
Date posted: October 4, 2023
90 pts
2020 Castello Banfi Fontanelle Chardonnay IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 Castello Banfi Fontanelle Chardonnay IGT

The nose has a crackly, unusual sweetness, with notes of buttery popcorn, marzipan, hazelnuts and candied lemon peel. The butteriness gives the palate a creamy mouthfeel, but sour, astringent undertones of citrus keep the sweeter flavors from languishing.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
90 pts
2022 Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2022 Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

Fresh lemongrass, stones and apple pith on the nose. This is pristine, fresh and sleek on the palate with subtle white fruit and citrus notes before a zesty, pure finish. Fresh acidity throughout.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
90 pts
2021 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2021 Principessa Gavia Gavi

A fruity Gavi with aromas of candied lemons, elderflowers, white pears and lemons. Ripe yet tangy with a medium body and straightforward, citrusy finish. Drink now.

Date posted: March 10, 2023
91 pts
2021 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2021 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

Lemon blossom, sliced apple, pear and melon on the nose. Medium-bodied with a fresh, juicy and fruity palate. Pretty floral notes. Drink now.

Date posted: September 30, 2022
91 pts
2021 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2021 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

Lemon blossom, sliced apple, pear and melon on the nose. Medium-bodied with a fresh, juicy and fruity palate. Pretty floral notes. Drink now.

Date posted: June 22, 2022
90 pts
2021 San Angelo Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2021 San Angelo Toscana IGT

Lemon, white grapefruit, peach pit and apricot on the nose. Medium-bodied, juicy and peachy. Drink now. Screw cap.

Date posted: June 22, 2022
91 pts
2020 San Angelo Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 San Angelo Toscana IGT

Plenty of Pinot Grigio character with sliced pear, apple and some mango undertones. It’s full-bodied for this variety with a creamy texture and a fresh finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

Date posted: January 11, 2022
91 pts
2020 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 Principessa Gavia Gavi

Aromas of cape gooseberry and ripe melon on the nose with some crushed stones and meadow flowers. Medium body with fruit that starts very sweet, then takes on some more bitter, citrus-peel character as it progresses. Happy mixture at the end. Long finish with a lightly phenolic texture. Lots going on here. Drink now.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
92 pts
2019 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2019 Fontanelle Chardonnay

A solid chardonnay with sliced cooked apple, vanilla and crushed stone. Full and flavorful. Layered, with tension and focus. Attractive new-wood undertones throughout, adding to the complexity without being overpowering. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
91 pts
2020 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

A pretty vermentino with sliced apple, pear and some lemon. Medium body. Bright acidity. Fresh finish. Drink now.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
90 pts
2020 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IG
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IG

This rich version balances its creamy texture with vibrant structure and its peach and grapefruit flavors with notes of thyme, sage and pine. Fine length.

Date posted: October 14, 2021
91 pts
2019 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2019 Principessa Gavia Gavi

A fresh, creamy Gavi with sliced-lemon, stone and green-apple aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, fruity and crisp on the finish. Drink now.

Date posted: August 19, 2021
91 pts
2020 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2020 Principessa Gavia Gavi

Aromas of cape gooseberry and ripe melon on the nose with some crushed stones and meadow flowers. Medium body with fruit that starts very sweet, then takes on some more bitter, citrus-peel character as it progresses. Happy mixture at the end. Long finish with a lightly phenolic texture. Lots going on here.

Date posted: August 19, 2021
90 pts
2019 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2019 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

A fresh, fruity white with lemon-rind and mineral character. Some green melon. Medium-bodied and fruity. Clean finish. Drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
91 pts
2017 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2017 Fontanelle Chardonnay

This is a delightful Tuscan chardonnay with just the right combination of freshness and concentration on the nose – all the more impressive, given it’s from the difficult 2017 vintage. Freshly picked daffodils, apricots, peach pit, fresh mangoes and a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and very oily on the palate, but the medium acidity does well to keep this taut and on topic.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
90 pts
2018 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2018 Principessa Gavia Gavi

Quite reductive at first, but shows some attractive herbs and limes. Light body, linear acidity and a fruity finish.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
92 pts
2018 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2018 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

This is an exotic bouquet for a Vermentino that delivers dried jasmine, Williams pears and even guava peel. Quite oily texture with spicy acidity that runs through the solid center palate. Drink now.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
91 pts
2017 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2017 Principessa Gavia Gavi

Green apples, praline, nutmeg and spices. There’s a real salinity on the palate, which works well with the fleshy stone fruit. Medium body, tangy acidity and a textured finish. Drink now.

Date posted: October 1, 2018
90 pts
2016 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2016 Principessa Gavia Gavi

Very attractive fruit-salad nose, but with more delicacy than most Gavis. Very juicy, the spritz is really lighting this up. The bright acidity gives the finish a vibrancy that guarantees quality refreshment. Drink now.

Date posted: July 5, 2018
92 pts
2016 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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92 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2016 Fontanelle Chardonnay

Plenty of sliced apple and honey character with hints of minerals. Medium to full body with fruit and honey. Crisp finish. Drink now.

Date posted: March 23, 2018
91 pts
2016 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2016 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

A tangy and fresh white with sliced apple and pear character. Mineral. Medium body and a clean and bright finish. Drink now.

Publish Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Date posted: March 23, 2018
90 pts
2016 San Angelo Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2016 San Angelo Toscana IGT

A tangy and tropical white with mango, lemon and apple character. Medium body, dense fruit and a fresh finish. Nicely done. Drink now. Publish Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Date posted: November 13, 2017
91 pts
2015 San Angelo Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2015 San Angelo Toscana IGT

A dense and fruity pinot grigio with apple, banana and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Bright finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 15, 2016
93 pts
2015 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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93 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2015 Fontanelle Chardonnay

An oily chardonnay with lots of density and intensity. Shows focus and beauty. Full and flavorful. Dried lemon and apple character. Full Burgundy treatment here; Tuscan style. Drink now.

Date posted: September 15, 2016
91 pts
2015 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2015 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

This vermentino shows a dried papaya and green apple character with medium body, pretty fruit and a bright finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 15, 2016
90 pts
2014 Principessa Gavia Gavi
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2014 Principessa Gavia Gavi

A Gavi that shows the lemon and lime aromas and flavors you expect in an excellent white from this region. Full, bright and steely. Enjoy it. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
90 pts
2014 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2014 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT

A very lively vermentino with Brazilian lime and citrus character throughout. Full body, bright acidity and a crisp finish. Drink now.

Date posted: March 30, 2016
90 pts
2012 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2012 Fontanelle Chardonnay

A pretty, lightly wooded Chardonnay with minerals and a dried apple and peach character. Medium-to-full body with crisp acidity and a clean finish. Perfect beach wine. Drink now. – James Suckling (7/2013)

Date posted: November 18, 2013
90 pts
2011 Fontanelle Chardonnay
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90 pts
Banfi Estate Whites 2011 Fontanelle Chardonnay

Castello Banfi in Tuscany does a great job with Chardonnay, as evidenced by this wine. It’s rich and soft, with bright aromas of peach, citrus, vanilla and savory herb. A pinch of acidity on the finish works beautifully as well. – M.L. (10/1/2012)

Date posted: March 8, 2013
91 pts
2019 Banfi Cuvée Aurora Rosé Alta Langa DOCG
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91 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2019 Banfi Cuvée Aurora Rosé Alta Langa DOCG

Aromas of pink cherries and wild strawberries with dried flowers, orange peel and praline. Medium-bodied, dry and chalky with fine bubbles and zesty character. Refreshing and crisp at the end.

Date posted: September 19, 2023
92 pts
Banfi Brut Metodo Tradizionale Classico
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92 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose Banfi Brut Metodo Tradizionale Classico

A blend of Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, this charmer has delicate scents of citrus, stone fruit and brioche. Creamy and bright, the polished palate features mature yellow apple, orange drop candy and pastry shell accompanied by a refined perlage and tangy acidity.

Date posted: January 27, 2022
91 pts
2017 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG
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91 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2017 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG

Quite a refined sparkling with gooseberry and citrus aromas and flavors, bolstered by a delicate, mineral base. Balanced palate with medium-fine perlage. Crisp, fruit and mineral finish. Nothing heavy here. Delicious to drink now.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
93
2017 Cuvée Aurora Rosé Alta Langa DOCG
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Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2017 Cuvée Aurora Rosé Alta Langa DOCG

EDITORS’ CHOICE

Aromas of toasted bread crust, botanical herbs and chamomile form the subtle nose. All about finesse, the dry, savory palate features ripe yellow apple, tangy lemon drop candy and hazelnut set against a delicate, silky perlage.

Date posted: November 18, 2021
92 pts
2016 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG
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92 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2016 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG

Really delicious rosé sparkling wine with dried strawberries, red apple skins and some white pepper. It’s full and flavorful with bitter lemon on the finish. Lots of flavor at the end, but tensioned and fun.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
90 pts
Cost’è Rosé Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose Cost’è Rosé Toscana IGT

A rosé with peach and cherry character. Some cantaloup as well. It’s medium-bodied, fruity and easy. Nice tension to the palate. Drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
91 pts
2015 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG
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91 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2015 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG

A fruity and frothy bubbly with cooked-apple and pear character. Lemons, almonds and some bread, too. Full-bodied, fruity and delicious. Nice bitterness and dryness at the end.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
90 pts
Brut Metodo Classico
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90 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose Brut Metodo Classico

A fruity and creamy white with sliced-apple and light yeast character. Medium body. Fresh finish. Nicely crafted and pretty. Fine bubbles. Drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
91 pts
2018 Cost’è Rosé Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2018 Cost’è Rosé Toscana IGT
Date posted: October 22, 2019
92 pts
2013 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG
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92 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2013 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG

Tons of candied and fresh-citrus aromas on the nose and the full, juicy palate. However, there’s no hint of anything superficial here and the finish is long and elegant. Drink now.

Date posted: October 1, 2018
91 pts
2014 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG
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91 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2014 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOCG

Full yet delicate red berries and nectarines make this medium-bodied and polished rosé Spumante very attractive. Lovely harmony at the clean, dry finish. Drink now.

Date posted: October 1, 2018
90 pts
Brut Metodo Classico
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90 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose Brut Metodo Classico

A full-bodied sparkling wine with sliced apples and pears. Fine bubbles and a flavorful finish. Quite thick and layered. A fresh and appley finish. Always delicious. Disgorged in 2017. Drink now.

Date posted: July 5, 2018
92 pts
2012 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOC
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92 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2012 Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa DOC

A rich and tangy sparkling wine with cooked pears and apples, as well as hints of toasted yeast. Medium to full body and a flavorful finish. Try this often-forgotten sparkling wine. Drink now.

Date posted: July 5, 2018
90 pts
2012 Cuvée Aurora Rosé Alta Langa DOCG
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90 pts
Banfi Sparkling & Rose 2012 Cuvée Aurora Rosé Alta Langa DOCG

Made entirely with Pinot Nero, this bright sparkler delivers wild raspberry, cherry and cake-spice sensations along with a hint of baked bread. Fresh acidity lifts the finish.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
95 pts
2018 Castello Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Castello Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Date posted: October 4, 2023
96 pts
2019 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino

Black-cherry, ash, bark and dried dark-mushroom aromas follow through to a medium to full body with a solid sense of tannin and acidity. Polished and focused. Needs time to soften a bit, but shows fascinating oyster-shell and iodine undertones. Best in three or four years.

Date posted: September 26, 2023
95 pts
2019 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

A beautiful red with cedar, mushroom and cherry character, as well as hints of sandalwood. It’s medium-bodied and very polished with loveliness and finesse that comes through clearly. A wine to drink young, but will age very nicely. Drink or hold.

Date posted: September 26, 2023
95 pts
2019 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Lovely berry and cherry character with ash undertones on the nose. Medium body, fine tannins and pretty energy at the end. Hints of citrusy undertones here. Shows finesse, focus and beauty. Drinkable now, but better in a few years.

Date posted: September 26, 2023
93 pts
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

The nose leans sweet, with notes of vanilla, cherry and cola, but undertones of citrus, cloves, fennel, salt and pepper playfully poke holes in that sweetness. On the palate, raspberries provide reinforcements, but polished tannins and aggressive acidity maintain balance.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
91 pts
2021 Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2021 Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC

A supple, vibrant red, this boasts strawberry, cherry and floral flavors. Elegant and charming, with fine harmony and length.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
90 pts
2020 Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2020 Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Fresh and expressive, this cherry- and raspberry-flavored red is polished and vibrant, with a firm line of tannins guarding the finish. Balanced and lingers with fruit, earth and tobacco accents.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
93 pts
2018 Castello Banfi Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Castello Banfi Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

The nose blends sweet and savory, as notes of cherries, blackberries and vanilla sing above a treacly smear of soil, tar and balsamic vinegar. On the palate, the cherries grow sour and, along with a splash of blood orange pith, bring out the blackberries' tartness. Acidity and spice coil around tight tannins.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
93 pts
2017 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Riserva DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Riserva DOCG

A savory version, boasting tomato leaf, juniper and eucalyptus aromas and flavors, alongside cherry, plum and a touch of vanilla from the oak. Firm and chewy, with a long, resonant finish. Best from 2025 through 2043.

Date posted: April 6, 2023
96 pts
2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto DOCG
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto DOCG

An intense red, with blackberry, black currant, wet hay, leather, earth and iron aromas and flavors piercing the athletic structure. Almost delicate, with a dense matrix of tannins for support. Features fine energy and length.

Date posted: April 6, 2023
93 pts
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Round, fleshy and succulent, exuding black cherry, blackberry, violet and rosemary flavors. This has a glycerol feel, fine balance and harmony, with a long, fruity, savory and minerally aftertaste. Combines power and energy. Best from 2025 through 2043.

Date posted: April 6, 2023
94 pts
2018 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura DOCG

This red is packed with black cherry, blackberry, black currant, iron, tobacco and earthy tea flavors. Both lush and powerful, with great persistence on the lingering aftertaste

Date posted: April 6, 2023
93 pts
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Castello Banfi brings us this classic expression of the vintage. Their 2018 Brunello di Montalcino is hearty and dark with a level of distinguished power (with 15% alcohol) and sophistication that you only get with Brunello, a wine that by law ages for five years before its commercial release. Dark plum and blackcurrant segue seamlessly to spice, tar and black earth. The fruit ripeness is opulent and contrasted against elegant acidity and polished tannins. You don't need to wait long to enjoy.

Date posted: March 14, 2023
94 pts
2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura (with 51,200 bottles made) shows balance and ripeness with a good combination of cherry, wild plum, blue flower, tobacco and sweet earth. The outlier is the 15% alcohol content. The wine is generous in texture and scope, yet it ultimately feels light and accessible to the palate. The tannins are well managed, but the wine's ample fruit weight feels supple and rich.

Date posted: March 14, 2023
93 pts
2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Few producers had the yields (and the courage!) to make a Riserva in this hot and, generally speaking, difficult vintage. The Castello Banfi 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio alle Mura (that pours from a heavy glass bottle) show ripe fruit over an open-knit texture. There is blackberry, baked plum, leather, tobacco and earth offered in thick and soft layers. This is a full-bodied Sangiovese with lasting fruit weight and moderate complexity. The finer nuances are set aside by the powerful 15.5% alcohol content found in this production.

Date posted: March 14, 2023
94 pts
2018 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Now in its proverbial third leaf (or the third vintage made), the Castello Banfi 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto is a wine of rich concentration and dark fruit nuances. The bouquet is tight and powerful with all kinds of black cherry and wild currant aromas. The balance is good and so is the intensity of the primary fruit. Only the strong 15% alcohol content is out of place. This is a solid Brunello that will appeal to those who love the richer and more saturated side of Sangiovese. There is some sour cherry on the close, and the tannins would benefit from a few more years in the bottle.

Date posted: March 14, 2023
93 pts
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This has a pretty nose of dried roses, cocoa powder, red tea, hazelnut skins, cherries, plum stones and sandalwood. Full-bodied with very finely-knit tannins and zippy acidity. So much life and energy. Drink from 2023.

Date posted: March 8, 2023
94 pts
2017 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Lots of ripe and dried cherries with vanilla bean, cocoa and some dried herbs. Full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Dense and ripe but polished and well integrated. Better after 2024.

Date posted: December 15, 2022
95 pts
2018 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Cranberries, crushed raspberries, bark, tobacco leaf, hazelnuts and lemons on the nose. Expressive, fresh and savory on the palate, with bright acidity and tight, firm tannins. I like the tangy energy at the end. Try in 2024.

Date posted: December 15, 2022
94 pts
2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This is a savory and mineral expression with aromas of dried and sour cherries, bark, tomato leaf and iodine. Crushed stones and sea shells, too. Full body wtih firm, chewy tannins. Some austerity but focused and linear at the end. Needs some time to soften and open. Try after 2025.

Date posted: December 15, 2022
92 pts
2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This brawny red is marked by leather, earth, plum and sanguine notes, with vibrant acidity keeping things focused and fresh. Muscular tannins underline everything, yet this is balanced and long. Best from 2025 through 2040.

Date posted: May 23, 2022
92 pts
2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

This red is defined by the strawberry, cherry and floral aromas and flavors, graced by notes of tar, tobacco, eucalyptus and wild herbs. Firm and unforgiving on the finish for now, yet stays persistent and lively through the long aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2042.

Date posted: May 23, 2022
98 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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98 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Stunning, showing black cherry, blackberry, plum, leather, earth and iron aromas and flavors that work in tandem with the supple texture and dense structure. This has a good feel, between its level of ripe fruit and firm tannins, to age well. Excellent length. Best from 2026 through 2045.

Date posted: May 2, 2022
94 pts
2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Bright and elegant, evoking cherry, strawberry, floral, iron and spice aromas and flavors, with wild herbs peeking through on the finish. Shows a dense structure that bodes well for the future, and overall this feels balanced. Best from 2025 through 2043.

Date posted: May 2, 2022
90 pts
2017 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas of fragrant blue flowers, baked plum and mocha shape the nose. Bold and brawny, the full-bodied palate offers prune, dried cherry, licorice and the heat of evident alcohol alongside close-grained, drying tannins. Give the tannins another year or two, then drink sooner rather than later.

Date posted: January 27, 2022
92 pts
2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Forest floor, camphor, blue flower and pipe tobacco aromas take shape in the glass. Full-bodied and brawny, the concentrated palate exhibits raisin, prune, licorice and the heat of evident alcohol alongside densely woven, velvety tannins.

Date posted: January 27, 2022
92 pts
2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino

Subtle aromas of scorched earth, forest floor and mature berries mingle with a eucalyptus note. The full-bodied palate features cherry marinated in spirits, prune, roasted coffee bean and licorice framed in close-grained tannins. You'll also notice the warmth of alcohol on the close. While it reflects the heat of the vintage, it also shows polish and restraint. Kerin O’Keefe

Date posted: January 27, 2022
93 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas of underbrush, toasted nut, violet and eucalyptus mingle with a whiff of tobacco. The tobacco note follows through to the full-bodied, velvety palate, along with prune, dried cherry and licorice. Taut, fine-grained tannins provide support.

Date posted: January 27, 2022
97 pts
2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Perfumed with flowers, dark fruits and orange peel on the nose. Full-bodied with firm and integrated tannins that are chewy yet polished and focused. Turns muscular and toned at the end. Better after 2024.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
95 pts
2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This is poised and fresh considering the dryness and heat of the vintage. It’s full-bodied with integrated and firm tannins that are polished and very fine. Extremely well done. Drink after 2023 but already a beauty.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
93 pts
2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Really fresh and vivid with sliced lemon and apple heading into cherry and floral undertones. It’s medium- to full-bodied with fine tannins and a vivid and bright finish. This is so drinkable and pretty for the hot and dry 2017 vintage, which produced many heavy Brunellos. Drink now or hold.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
94 pts
2017 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Very pretty blue fruits with crushed stone and bark as well as pine needle undertones. It’s medium- to full-bodied with firm and velvety tannins with a dusty texture. Very long and fresh with brightness and focus. Better after 2023 but already attractive and fresh for the vintage.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
91 pts
2019 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

A fresh, typical rosso with sour cherries and hints of flowers and cedar. Medium body,fine tannins and a delicious finish. Drink now.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
92 pts
2019 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Very perfumed and pure with cherry, cedar, tile and orange-peel undertones. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and a tangy finish. Needs time to open, but already delicious. Drink after 2022.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
97 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This is very tight and linear and long. It shows so much black truffle, dark cherry and wet earth character with some bark. Full-bodied yet tight and polished with firm tannins that persistently drive the length of the palate. Great aging potential here. Try after 2023.

Date posted: January 10, 2022
94 pts
2017 SummuS Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2017 SummuS Toscana IGT

A fresh and flavorful 2017 with juicy berry, meat, spice and dark-chocolate aromas and flavors. Full and layered with firmness and freshness. Give it three or four years to slightly soften and come together.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
93 pts
2015 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Intense, with tension between the bright strawberry and cherry fruit flavors and the compact feel of the tannic structure. Wild herb, almond and earth accents add detail. There is a lot going on in this red, stretched tightly. Long finish. Best from 2024 through 2042.

Date posted: June 1, 2021
92 pts
2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

A rich, earthy style that offers plum, cherry, iron and cigar box flavors, with plenty of power. Broad in profile, ends with savory elements of forest floor and wild herbs. Best from 2023 through 2040.

Date posted: June 1, 2021
93 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This red combines strawberry and cherry flavors with underbrush notes. A rugged layer of tannins lays the base, while bitter almond and leafy underbrush accents emerge. A muscular version, tightly packed and closed now. Best from 2025 through 2045.

Date posted: June 1, 2021
94 pts
2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Balsamic notes of pine, tobacco and Scotch broom gain the upper hand over the strawberry and cherry fruit in this red, at present. Tightly wound, an intense core of fruit persists through the mostly savory finish. Best from 2025 through 2045.

Date posted: June 1, 2021
95 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

There’s a lot going on in this bone-dry yet complex red, whose cherry, strawberry and plum fruit meshes with iron, tobacco, wild thyme and Mediterranean pine flavors, while the dusty tannins exert their presence on the lingering finish. Think hearty stews or wild boar ragù. Best from 2025 through 2043.

Date posted: March 24, 2021
93 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas of underbrush, leather and tobacco form the nose along with whiffs of oak-driven spice. Full bodied and linear, the palate features dried cherry, roasted coffee bean, spearmint and licorice alongside tightly knit, close-grained tannins that clench the finish.

Date posted: February 3, 2021
92 pts
2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino

Camphor, rose and new leather aromas form the nose along with a whiff of baking spice on this vibrant red. Polished and taut, the savory palate offers spiced cranberry, red cherry and star anise before finishing on a coffee note. Lithe, refined tannins and fresh acidity provide balanced support. Drink 2022–2028. Kerin O’Keefe

Date posted: February 3, 2021
96 pts
2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Cellar Selection

Forest-floor, new leather and pipe-tobacco aromas mingle with notes of violet and coffee bean. Elegantly structured, the taut, savory palate doles out ripe black cherry, blackberry jam, licorice and a hint of espresso while polished, fine-grained tannins and tangy acidity provide age-worthy support. It's still youthfully austere so give it a few more years to come around.

Date posted: February 3, 2021
90 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Rose, exotic spice, menthol and coffee-bean aromas mingle together in the glass. The full-bodied, tight palate offers sour cherry, French oak, espresso and the warmth of alcohol alongside close-grained, assertive tannins that grip the finish.

Date posted: February 3, 2021
95 pts
2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Lots of plum and dark-berry character with citrus, cedar and sandalwood. Very pure Sangiovese. Full-bodied with firm, racy tannins and cool, vivid fruit at the finish. Some mineral, tar and steel undertones. Needs time to open and soften. Better than the 2015. Try after 2023.

Date posted: February 2, 2021
96 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Cool and perfumed 2016 Brunello with black cherries, flowers and crushed stones. Medium to full body with firm, chewy tannins, yet polished and very silky. Mineral and seaweed undertones. Just a hint of bitterness. Drink after 2023.

Date posted: February 2, 2021
97 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

So opulent, plush and enticing with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and walnut undertones. It’s full-bodied with balanced, refined and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Tannic and juicy. Better after 2024.

Date posted: February 2, 2021
95 pts
2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Mixed-cherry, floral and crushed-stone aromas. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Linear and tight with a line of fine tannins that holds this all together. Iodine and mushroom notes come through. Try after 2023

Date posted: February 2, 2021
94 pts
2013 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas of pipe tobacco, ripe plum, underbrush and a whiff of new leather lead the way on this firmly structured red. The full-bodied palate shows raspberry compote, tart cranberry, star anise, sage and espresso alongside tight close-grained tannins that give the finish grip.

Date posted: October 28, 2020
90 pts
2016 SummuS Toscana
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 SummuS Toscana

A juicy, fruity red with some cooked fruit, yet it comes out fresh and vivid at the finish. Medium body. Drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
91 pts
2018 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

A pretty, fruity red with plum, berry and light chocolate character. Medium to full body, round tannins and a delicious finish. Just how a Rosso di Montalcino should be. Drink now and enjoy.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
91 pts
2018 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

A red with spices, flowers, walnuts and cherries. It’s medium-bodied with light tannins and a savory finish. Hints of orange peel. Drink now.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
92 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This full-bodied red has aromas of French oak, camphor and a whiff of roasted coffee bean. Tightly knit and youthfully austere, the palate offers sour cherry, orange zest, licorice and a note of dried sage alongside firm, close-grained tannins that grip the close.

Date posted: July 8, 2020
95 pts
2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Cellar Selection

Aromas of forest floor, pipe tobacco, wild berry and crushed botanical herb shape the nose. Radiant and all about finesse, the vibrant palate offers red cherry, cranberry, coffee bean and star anise before closing on a hint of graphite. It's still youthfully austere and needs time to fully develop.

Date posted: July 8, 2020
94 pts
2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Broad, featuring plum, black cherry and black currant flavors, with hints of licorice, leather and spice. A fruity style, backed by lively acidity and tannins. A red of great finesse, balance and length. Will benefit from aeration. Best from 2022 through 2038.

Date posted: July 8, 2020
92 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

In an unusual twist of fate for 2015, the burly tannins cover the cherry and plum fruit, lending this a monolithic impression. The grip is not astringent, however, and this features ample fruit in the end. Finishes with a touch of heat, along with iron and tobacco accents. Best from 2023 through 2040.

Date posted: July 8, 2020
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2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Date posted: April 3, 2020
97 pts
2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Extremely complex aromas of cedar, mushroom and walnut highlighting the cherry and flowers. The palate is full and complete with ultra-fine and caressing tannins that are truly silky. It’s still very young, but shows beauty and seduction. Try after 2020.

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Date posted: January 30, 2020
93 pts
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Plenty of plums and cracked sea salt on the nose. Medium body, chewy tannins and a layered, fruity finish. Balanced and showing depth. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
97 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Lots of dried bark, cinnamon stick, forest floor and earth add to an impression of dried cherries and sandalwood. But there are also hints of caramelized oranges and preserved lemons. The attack on the palate takes immediate effect; the powerful tannins pucker the edges of the mouth with imposing depth, but equally fascinating detail. This is a robust, take-no-hostages style of Brunello with a modern twist of finesse and tension. Drink from 2025.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
93 pts
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Plenty of plums and cracked sea salt on the nose. Medium body, chewy tannins and a layered, fruity finish. Balanced and showing depth. Drink or hold.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 SummuS Toscana
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 SummuS Toscana

Very pretty currant and cherry aromas with undertones of cream and vanilla. Full-bodied, tight and tannic. Yet, finely polished and textured. Drink after 2021.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
93 pts
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Black-skinned fruit, fragrant purple-flower and baking-spice aromas mingle with a whiff of tilled soil. It's elegantly structured with youthful tension, delivering juicy Morello cherry, spiced plum, star anise and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins and bright acidity.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
91 pts
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

This is rich, maintaining a sense of elegance and vibrancy. Cherry, plum, leather, tobacco, iron and earth flavors mingle, backed by a solid structure. Finishes long and satisfying. Best from 2021 through 2035.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

So many spices line the nose here including cinnamon, cardamom, aniseed and walnuts. But there’s no shortage of red plums and dried cherries either. Balanced and suave, this is a sophisticated Brunello with a sleek frame of tannins and subtle yet persistent acidity. Drink from 2021.

Date posted: January 28, 2020
94 pts
2013 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Lots of black-cherry, violet, and lavender aromas that follow through to a full body, with chewy and dusty tannins and a sweet, leather, tobacco and berry aftertaste. A pretty for red. Drink or hold.

Date posted: February 26, 2019
92 pts
2014 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2014 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Beautiful and complex on the nose with chanterelle mushrooms and plums and cedar undertones. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a long and juicy finish. All in richness and finesse. Well crafted. Drink now.

Date posted: February 26, 2019
90 pts
2016 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Lots of elderberry compote and redcurrant reduction, as well as freshly squeezed lemons. Medium body, medium tannins and a very fruity finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
92 pts
2016 Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Shows a delightful combination between pretty blue fruit, bark and resin on the nose. The palate is well defined with round tannins, a welcome streak of acidity and plenty of fruit. Drink now.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
90 pts
2016 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

This is all smooth edges, with cherry flavors and a note of licorice. The tannins are refined and the finish conjures up hints of leather and tobacco.

Date posted: September 7, 2018
90 pts
2016 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2016 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Firmly structured and tensile, leaving room for the cherry, leather, underbrush and mineral flavors. Packs a lot into a slim frame, with a lingering finish.

Date posted: September 7, 2018
91 pts
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Cherry and plum flavors highlight this well-structured red, along with notes of leather, earth and wild herbs. Firms up as the dense tannins come into play on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2037. 48,350 cases made. –BS Issue Jun 30, 2018

Date posted: August 1, 2018
94 pts
2012 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Underbrush, pipe tobacco, leather, scorched earth and dark culinary-spice aromas meld together in this full-bodied red. The savory, structured palate delivers baked plum, juicy black cherry, vanilla and star anise framed in fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2032.

Date posted: May 7, 2018
94 pts
2012 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Forest floor, grilled herb and pipe-tobacco aromas lead the way on this firmly structured wine. The full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, steeped prune, orange zest and licorice set against tightly knit close-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2032.

Date posted: May 7, 2018
92 pts
2013 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas of ripe plum, blue flower and a whiff of baking spice unfold in the glass. The vibrant elegant palate offers dried Marasca cherry, cranberry, star anise and a hint of toast while fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide support. Drink 2021–2028.

Date posted: May 7, 2018
89 pts
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino
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89 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino

Forest floor, wild berry, coffee and toasted oak aromas come together on this. The medium-bodied palate is on the lean side, offering sour cherry, tobacco leaf, espresso and a saline note alongside lithe tannins. Drink 2020–2028.

Date posted: May 7, 2018
96 pts
2013 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Intense aromas of blackberry and black truffle follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a gorgeous finish. Plenty of dried cherry to close. A pretty and focused red that needs two or three years to soften.

Publish Date: Monday, November 27, 2017

Date posted: March 23, 2018
91 pts
2015 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2015 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

An attractive red with dried cherry, chocolate and light tile. Medium body with a solid core of fruit and a fine tannins texture. Drink now.

Publish Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Date posted: March 23, 2018
95 pts
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

This really explodes with ripe fruit such as dried strawberries and cranberries as well as leather and tobacco. Full body with lots of round tannins but fresh acidity and a long, remarkably savory finish. Drink now or hold. Publish Date: Friday, March 2, 2018.

Date posted: March 23, 2018
93 pts
2012 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

A textbook Brunello, mingling cherry and berry fruit with bitter almond, iron, sanguine and tobacco notes. Well-structured and harmonious, this should rein in the tannins with a few years of aging. Best from 2020 through 2033. 8,000 cases imported.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
92 pts
2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Plummy aromas mix in the glass with whiffs of pressed blue flower, vanilla and mocha. The taut structured palate offers dried black cherry, coconut, licorice, espresso and black pepper while firm fine-grained tannins provide the framework. A note of pipe tobacco closes the tight finish. Give it a few more years to unwind and fully develop. Drink 2020–2027.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
93 pts
2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

A dense, burly style, displaying cherry, iron, leather, earth, tobacco and spice flavors. Unyielding and compact now, yet also complex and long. Best from 2022 through 2035. 250 cases imported.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
93 pts
2011 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2011 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas suggesting ripe plum, exotic spice, blue flower and a whiff of pipe tobacco take shape in the glass. The full-bodied palate doles out ripe black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and a hint of star anise while velvety tannins give it a polished feel. An espresso note signals the close. Drink 2018–2026.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
95 pts
2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Very ripe and dense with lots of dried-fruit, spice and cedar character. Some cigar box, too. Full-bodied, velvety and rich. Powerful. Give it two to three years of bottle age.

Date posted: December 6, 2016
93 pts
2012 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

A sleek and pretty red with plum and light chocolate character plus hints of walnuts. Medium to full body and fine tannins. Shows the ripe balance of the 2012 vintage for Brunello. Drink or hold.

Date posted: December 6, 2016
99 pts
2010 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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99 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

“This is very tannic and powerful with blueberries, blackberries and milk chocolate. Full body, firm tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Shows length and power. A wine for decades ahead. Greatest Banfi red ever. Better in 2018.”

Date posted: November 29, 2016
93 pts
2010 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOC
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOC

Cherry, leather, tar and milk chocolate flavors mingle in this big, chunky red. Balanced toward the tannic side, with a long aftertaste of spice, earth and chocolate.

Date posted: June 9, 2016
92 pts
2010 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Big, ripe black cherry and plum flavors are backed by dusty tannins in this rustic red, which displays power, with the vibrant acidity lending a touch of finesse. Tobacco, leather and iron notes add depth on the finish.

Date posted: June 9, 2016
91 pts
2013 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

A bright red with raspberry, red berry and stone aromas and flavors. Medium body, light tannins and a fruity, crisp finish. Racy Rosso di Montalcino. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
97 pts
2010 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

A riserva with so much structure and tension. A full body that shows dried fruit and mushroom flavors. Walnut soil, too. So long and powerful. A glorious wine. Wine for the long term. Drink in 2017.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
90 pts
2012 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Clear and perfumed with fresh red fruits with flowers, mineral on nose. Hint of leather with brown chocolate cake with fine tannin. This is medium-bodied red is savory, round with an elegant finish. Silky texture. Drink now or better in 2016.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2013 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2013 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

There’s a linear purity to this red with dried chocolate, plum and peach aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2012 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Fresh berries with mineral, hint of tar on nose. Young tannins with coffee beans, woody character but gorgeous density. It’s a baby Brunello. Better in 2015.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
90 pts
2011 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2011 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Very perfumed with roses and black cherries. Medium body, a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Fine rosso. Drink now.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
92 pts
2010 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Aromas of eucalyptus, baked plum, leather and licorice complement the chocolate, leather and tar flavors. On the savory side, with dusty tannins finishing balanced and long. Best from 2016 through 2028. –BS Wine Spectator Online

Date posted: May 27, 2015
95 pts
2010 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG

Fabulous aromas of dried rose petal, orange peel, and oyster shell with hints of dark fruits. Full body, very fine tannins with a mineral, berry and orange peel undertone. Real Tuscan dust undertone. A structured and salty and savory finish. Better in 2017.

Date posted: December 10, 2014
90 pts
2012 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2012 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Round and savory, this medium-bodied Rosso opens with aromas that recall underbrush, tobacco leaf, and cooking spices. The dense palate doles out rich black fruit accented with cinnamon, clove and licorice alongside supple tannins. -K.O. (November 2014)

Date posted: October 15, 2014
90 pts
2011 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2011 Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Dried strawberry and cherry aromas follow through to a medium body with integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2014. – James Suckling (9/2013)

Date posted: November 18, 2013
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
93 pts
2020 Castello Banfi BelnerO Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2020 Castello Banfi BelnerO Toscana IGT
Date posted: October 4, 2023
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
94 pts
2019 Castello Banfi Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Castello Banfi Excelsus Toscana IGT

Black currants, plum skins, toasted spices, cedar and nut shell on the nose. Full and layered with firm tannins and a rich dark fruit character. Mineral too, with notes of sea shell and crushed stones. Vivid acidity. Long and linear finish.

Date posted: September 19, 2023
91 pts
2019 Castello Banfi Summus
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Castello Banfi Summus

A ripe style, this balances black currant and plum fruit with balsamic elements of Tuscan scrub, wild herbs and loam. Balanced, with solid grip on the finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
90 pts
2020 Castello Banfi BelnerO Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2020 Castello Banfi BelnerO Toscana IGT

A dense, muscular red, featuring blackberry, plum, earth, wild thyme and tobacco flavors. A beam of acidity keeps this defined as the finish echoes fruit, earth and savory accents. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Date posted: September 12, 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
92 pts
2020 Castello Banfi Belnero Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2020 Castello Banfi Belnero Toscana IGT

A mix of red and dark fruit with notes of walnuts, pine cones, spices and moist earth. Medium- to full-bodied, velvety and mouth-filling, with powdery tannins and a firm, lightly chewy finish. Sustainable.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
92 pts
2019 Castello Banfi SummuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Castello Banfi SummuS Toscana IGT

Dark-fruited and chocolaty character here with crushed walnuts, dried leaves, licorice and hints of moss. Medium- to full-bodied, polished and silky with rather supple but velvety tannins. Juicy and attractive fruit. Firm and spicy at the end. 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
2018 SummuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2018 SummuS Toscana IGT

A dense and concentrated red, evoking blackberry, blueberry, menthol and spice flavors. Taut yet balanced, this should relax with a little more time in the bottle. Fine length. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2024 through 2035.

Date posted: April 6, 2023
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
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
92 pts
2019 Belnero Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Belnero Toscana IGT

A dense and rich red, offering plum and cherry aromas and flavors with some cream. It’s medium-bodied with polished tannins and a delicious, savory finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 30, 2022
92 pts
2019 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

An open, expressive red, with black currant, black cherry, cedar and spice flavors. Lively, firming up on the moderately long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2026.

Date posted: June 23, 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
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

Boasting black cherry, blackberry, tar, rosemary and eucalyptus flavors, this red is rich and dense, with dusty tannins and vibrant acidity driving the lingering finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028.

Date posted: May 23, 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
93 pts
2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Aromas of black cherries, berries and sandalwood. Floral. Medium to full body with firm and polished tannins that are still chewy. But with some time, they will soften and come together. This shows a surprising amount of freshness and firmness for the vintage. Drink after 2023.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
91 pts
2017 SummuS Toscana IGT
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 SummuS Toscana IGT

Plum and black cherry flavors are buoyed by muscular tannins in this robust red. Earth and underbrush notes join the party as this ends with the balance on the tannic side. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2023 through 2035.

Date posted: October 14, 2021
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
92 pts
2017 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Ripe black cherry fruit is at the core of this red, along with accents of iron, tar, eucalyptus and spice. This is balanced, lingering on the finish with elements of fruit, wild herbs, mineral and spice. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2023 through 2033.

Date posted: October 14, 2021
93 pts
2016 SummuS Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 SummuS Toscana IGT

Opulent, featuring ripe plum, black cherry, licorice, earth and saline flavors, with ample flesh offsetting the dense, rich tannins. Balanced and saturated. Fruit, earth and mineral elements linger on the aftertaste. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2022 through 2037.

Date posted: September 9, 2020
90 pts
2016 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

A rich red with crushed berries and blackberries. Medium body, light and refined tannins and a juicy finish. Fun to drink now.

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

A juicy, fruity red with berry, chocolate and spice character. Some currants, too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a delicious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now 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
96 pts
2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Cellar Selection

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this red has alluring aromas of botanical herb, woodland berry, blue flower and a whiff of warm spice. Full bodied and loaded with finesse, the smooth, delicious palate doles out juicy raspberry, black cherry jam, tobacco and licorice before a coffee-bean finish. Fresh acidity and a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins provide balance and structure.

Date posted: March 26, 2020
94 pts
2016 Summus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 Summus Toscana IGT

Aromas of dark skinned berry, cedar and cassis mingle with whiffs of violet and French oak. On the elegant, structured palate, tight, fine-grained tannins support flavors of black cherry, red currant, espresso and tobacco. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced.

Date posted: March 26, 2020
92 pts
2015 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Aromas of berries and chocolate with hints of cedar. Full body, tight and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Very structured for this. Needs two or three years to soften. Try after 2021

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

Lots of rich and juicy fruit in this with a full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish of currants, cherries and hints of bark. Drink from 2021.

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

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
90 pts
2015 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Though rich and saturated with notes of plum, cherry, peppery greens and earth, this red is vibrant and resonant. The dense, dusty tannins compress the finish a little today, leaving a chalky sensation. Shows some muscle. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2040.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 SummuS Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 SummuS Toscana IGT

Focused aromas and flavors of violet, black currant, blackberry and chocolate mark this suave red, which has both power and finesse, with a dense matrix of tannins and vibrant acidity for support. Fine length and energy on the finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2021 through 2033.

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

Shy in aroma, this red evokes violet, black currant, blackberry, iron and tobacco flavors. Powerful and brooding, this needs time to reveal the pure fruit and supple texture. Terrific length and vibrant structure. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2033.

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
92 pts
2015 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
Date posted: October 22, 2019
94 pts
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Lots of rich and juicy fruit in this with a full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish of currants, cherries and hints of bark.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
94 pts
2015 SummuS Toscana
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 SummuS Toscana

Very pretty currant and cherry aromas with undertones of cream and vanilla. Full-bodied, tight and tannic. Yet, finely polished and textured.

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 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Shows redcurrants and sun-dried tomatoes on the nose with fresh herbs. Medium body, fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now. Predominantly sangiovese.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
91 pts
2014 SummuS Toscana
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 SummuS Toscana

Shows nettles, spices, blackcurrant essence and Chinese spices. Medium to full body, medium-chewy tannins, tangy acidity and a tight finish. Drink now.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
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
92 pts
2014 SummuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 SummuS Toscana IGT

Black currant, cedar, iron and sage notes prevail in this dense, powerful red. Retains a sense of elegance, finishing long, with echoes of fruit, herbs and spice. Everything is in the right place. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Date posted: September 7, 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
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
90 pts
2012 SummuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2012 SummuS Toscana IGT

A broad, meaty red, with plum, cherry, tobacco and leafy underbrush flavors. Finishes on the dry side, but nothing a good steak or meat ragù can’t enhance. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2023. 3,300 cases made.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
93 pts
2013 Castello Banfi Summus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2013 Castello Banfi Summus Toscana IGT

A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this vibrant red has alluring aromas of plum, blackberry, purple flower, espresso and a whiff of exotic spice. The elegant, structured palate delivers black cherry, black currant, pipe tobacco, vanilla and licorice alongside fresh acidity while firm, fine grained tannins lend a polished texture. Drink 2018–2028.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
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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94 pts
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
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
91 pts
2011 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2011 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Dark chocolate, graphite, cherry and crushed stone. Full-bodied with a zesty acidity and polished tannins. Drink now. 100% Sangiovese.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
91 pts
2012 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2012 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Aromas of blueberries and lemon rind with some blackcurrant skin, too. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a long finish. Needs two or three years to soften.

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
94 pts
2009 SummuS Toscana
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 SummuS Toscana

A wine with wonderful depth and fruit. Full body, with polished and silky tannins and an intense finish. So much going on. Currant, flowers and light hazelnut. Beautiful now but better in 2014. The best SummuS ever.

Date posted: March 31, 2016
95 pts
2011 SummuS Toscana
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2011 SummuS Toscana

A round, beautiful red with blueberry, light chocolate and blackberry character. Full body, super-fine tannins and a fabulous finish. Drink now or hold.

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
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
90 pts
2011 Castello Banfi Summus Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2011 Castello Banfi Summus Toscana IGT

Subtle aromas of chocolate, espresso and ripe bluish-black fruit lead the nose of this robust blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah and 25% Sangiovese. The concentrated palate delivers ripe plum, dried black cherries, clove and black pepper alongside bracing tannins. You’ll also notice the heat of alcohol on the finish. — K.O. Published 8/1/2015

Date posted: January 5, 2016
88 pts
2011 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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88 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2011 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Rich, featuring black cherry and plum fruit and an overlay of vanilla from the oak, offset by an extra layer of tannins. Slightly crisp on the moderate finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 3,000 cases made. –BS

Date posted: November 10, 2015
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
2010 SummuS Toscana
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2010 SummuS Toscana

A wine with grace and beauty with blueberry and chocolate character. Medium-to-full body, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Sangiovese (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (35%). Delicious now but will be better in 2015. – JS (7/2013)

Date posted: July 23, 2013
91 pts
2010 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve
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91 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2010 BelnerO Proprietor's Reserve

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and moss follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy, fruity, fresh finish. Savory and lightly salty. Excellent to drink now but better in two or three years. A delicious wine for a good price. Predominantly Sangiovese. – JS (November 2012)

Date posted: July 23, 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
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
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
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The nose is delicate, with notes of toasted almonds, quince paste and citrus blossoms. That delicacy continues on the slick palate, where the citrus and quince are joined by melon to keep lounging in the sun, but the nuttiness returns on the finish to lend a balancing astringency.

Date posted: September 12, 2023
91 pts
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Centine 2018 Centine Rosso

Plums and flowers with hints of cedar and rose petals. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a fruity finish.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
91 pts
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91 pts