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93 pts
2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montlacino Riserva DOCG
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montlacino Riserva DOCG

This dense version is saturated with plum, cherry, beef bouillon, earth and menthol flavors. Beefy in profile, with muscular tannins gripping the long aftertaste. Best from 2027 through 2038.

Date posted: May 8, 2024
94 pts
2019 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Full of bright cherry and raspberry flavors, this round red delivers a lot of immediate appeal, yet also boasts a solid layer of supportive tannins. Wild herb, iron and tobacco accents chime in on the extended finish, showing terrific balance and finesse. Best from 2027 through 2042.

Date posted: April 1, 2024
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

Textbook Sangiovese flavors of cherry, iron and sanguine add hints of menthol and tar to the mix in this sleek, tightly wound version. Pointed tannins leave their mark on the finish, but not before this plays out with intensity and vigor. Best from 2027 through 2043.

Date posted: March 28, 2024
94 pts
2019 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Brunello 2019 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

A refined and generous Brunello, exhibiting plum, cherry, strawberry and even floral flavors. This strives for elegance, achieving it with harmony and a line of fine-grained tannins on the lingering finish. There's ample fruit midpalate that resonates on the mineral finish, showing fine definition. Best from 2026 through 2040.

Date posted: March 28, 2024
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
89 pts
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
2012 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
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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 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
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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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
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2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montlacino Riserva DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

This dense version is saturated with plum, cherry, beef bouillon, earth and menthol flavors. Beefy in profile, with muscular tannins gripping the long aftertaste. Best from 2027 through 2038.

May 8, 2024
2019 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 94 pts

Full of bright cherry and raspberry flavors, this round red delivers a lot of immediate appeal, yet also boasts a solid layer of supportive tannins. Wild herb, iron and tobacco accents chime in on the extended finish, showing terrific balance and finesse. Best from 2027 through 2042.

April 1, 2024
2019 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 95 pts

Textbook Sangiovese flavors of cherry, iron and sanguine add hints of menthol and tar to the mix in this sleek, tightly wound version. Pointed tannins leave their mark on the finish, but not before this plays out with intensity and vigor. Best from 2027 through 2043.

March 28, 2024
2019 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 94 pts

A refined and generous Brunello, exhibiting plum, cherry, strawberry and even floral flavors. This strives for elegance, achieving it with harmony and a line of fine-grained tannins on the lingering finish. There's ample fruit midpalate that resonates on the mineral finish, showing fine definition. Best from 2026 through 2040.

March 28, 2024
2018 Castello Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 95 pts October 4, 2023
2019 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

September 26, 2023
2019 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino James Suckling 96 pts

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.

September 26, 2023
2019 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

September 26, 2023
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 93 pts

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.

September 12, 2023
2020 Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC Wine Spectator 90 pts

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.

September 12, 2023
2021 Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC Wine Spectator 91 pts

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

September 12, 2023
2018 Castello Banfi Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 93 pts

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.

September 12, 2023
2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto DOCG Wine Spectator 96 pts

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.

April 6, 2023
2018 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura DOCG Wine Spectator 94 pts

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

April 6, 2023
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

April 6, 2023
2017 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Riserva DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

April 6, 2023
2018 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Advocate 94 pts

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.

March 14, 2023
2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Advocate 94 pts

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.

March 14, 2023
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Advocate 93 pts

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.

March 14, 2023
2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Advocate 93 pts

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.

March 14, 2023
2018 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 93 pts

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.

March 8, 2023
2018 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 94 pts

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.

December 15, 2022
2017 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 94 pts

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.

December 15, 2022
2018 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

December 15, 2022
2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 92 pts

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.

May 23, 2022
2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 92 pts

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.

May 23, 2022
2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 98 pts

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.

May 2, 2022
2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Spectator 94 pts

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.

May 2, 2022
2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino Wine Enthusiast 92 pts

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

January 27, 2022
2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Enthusiast 92 pts

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.

January 27, 2022
2017 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 90 pts

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.

January 27, 2022
2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 93 pts

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.

January 27, 2022
2016 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 97 pts

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.

January 10, 2022
2019 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 92 pts

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.

January 10, 2022
2017 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 93 pts

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.

January 10, 2022
2019 Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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

January 10, 2022
2017 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

January 10, 2022
2016 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG James Suckling 97 pts

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.

January 10, 2022
2017 Vigna Marrucheto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 94 pts

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.

January 10, 2022
2017 SummuS Toscana IGT James Suckling 94 pts

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.

January 7, 2022
2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Spectator 94 pts

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.

June 1, 2021
2015 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

June 1, 2021
2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 92 pts

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.

June 1, 2021
2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

June 1, 2021
2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 95 pts

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.

March 24, 2021
2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 93 pts

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.

February 3, 2021
2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 90 pts

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.

February 3, 2021
2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino Wine Enthusiast 92 pts

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

February 3, 2021
2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Enthusiast 96 pts

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.

February 3, 2021
2016 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

February 2, 2021
2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 97 pts

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.

February 2, 2021
2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 96 pts

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.

February 2, 2021
2015 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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

February 2, 2021
2013 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 94 pts

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.

October 28, 2020
2018 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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.

August 31, 2020
2016 SummuS Toscana James Suckling 90 pts

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

August 31, 2020
2018 Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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.

August 31, 2020
2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Enthusiast 95 pts

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.

July 8, 2020
2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Spectator 94 pts

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.

July 8, 2020
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 92 pts

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.

July 8, 2020
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 92 pts

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.

July 8, 2020
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Texsom Wine Competition Gold April 3, 2020
2013 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG James Suckling 97 pts

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.

Top 100 Wines of Italy 2019

January 30, 2020
2015 SummuS Toscana James Suckling 94 pts

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.

January 30, 2020
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 93 pts

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.

January 30, 2020
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 93 pts

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.

January 30, 2020
2015 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 97 pts

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.

January 30, 2020
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 93 pts

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.

January 30, 2020
2014 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 91 pts

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.

January 30, 2020
2015 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 94 pts

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.

January 28, 2020
2014 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 92 pts

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.

February 26, 2019
2013 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 94 pts

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.

February 26, 2019
2016 Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 90 pts

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

September 13, 2018
2016 Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 92 pts

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.

September 13, 2018
2016 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC Wine Spectator 90 pts

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.

September 7, 2018
2016 Rosso di Montalcino DOC Wine Spectator 90 pts

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.

September 7, 2018
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 91 pts

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

August 1, 2018
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino Wine Enthusiast 89 pts

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.

May 7, 2018
2013 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 92 pts

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.

May 7, 2018
2012 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Enthusiast 94 pts

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.

May 7, 2018
2012 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 94 pts

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.

May 7, 2018
2013 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

March 23, 2018
2015 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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

March 23, 2018
2013 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 96 pts

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

March 23, 2018
2011 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 93 pts

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.

August 15, 2017
2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

August 15, 2017
2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Wine Enthusiast 92 pts

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.

August 15, 2017
2012 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

August 15, 2017
2012 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 93 pts

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.

December 6, 2016
2012 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

December 6, 2016
2010 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 99 pts

“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.”

November 29, 2016
2010 Poggio alle Mura Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOC Wine Spectator 93 pts

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.

June 9, 2016
2010 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Wine Spectator 92 pts

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.

June 9, 2016
2011 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 90 pts

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

March 31, 2016
2013 Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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.

March 31, 2016
2012 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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.

March 31, 2016
2012 Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 90 pts

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.

March 31, 2016
2013 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 91 pts

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.

March 31, 2016
2010 Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG James Suckling 97 pts

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.

March 31, 2016
2010 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Wine Spectator 92 pts

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

May 27, 2015
2010 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG James Suckling 95 pts

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.

December 10, 2014
2012 Poggio alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino DOC Wine Enthusiast 90 pts

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)

October 15, 2014
2011 Rosso di Montalcino DOC James Suckling 90 pts

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)

November 18, 2013
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