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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.

Brunello Di Montalcino Casa Di Baldassi 2004, Tuscany, Italy

 

Brunello is produced from Sangiovese grapes and is known as the 'King of Italian reds' with a DOCG denomination (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata E Garantita). Brunello Di Montalcino Casa Di Baldassi 2004 is made in the hills surrounding the town of Montalcino in Southern Tuscany, south of Sienna, and is aged in oak barrels for two years.

Cherries and plums hit you between the eyes with this excellent example of a Brunello. Plenty of depth without being over powered by fruit or alcohol. The colour is striking, closer to Pinot Noir, with its light red tint.

Not cheap, but this Brunello rewards the drinker as the bottle progresses with incredible flavours hitting you as is slips down. A class Italian.