Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Banfi, Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy

Drunk September 2013

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Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany made exclusively from Sangiovese grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino – a classic Tuscan hilltop village 20 miles (30km) south of Siena. The grapes for this Brunello are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones over 170 hectares of estate vineyards in the southern hill area of Montalcino, 220 meters above sea level. 

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Brunello di Montalcino is one Italy's most famous  wines. In Tuscany, its homeland, it shares the top spot with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti. The word Brunello translates roughly as 'little dark one', and is the local name for Sangiovese Grosso, the large-berried form of Sangiovese which grows in the area.

This Banfi Brunello has plenty of the usual Brunello intensity, typical of the Sangiovese grape. Plenty of fruit and a silky finish, but overpriced for the experience. Good but not exceptional.