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Castello Banfi - Brunello di Montalcino 2014 DOCG

Castello Banfi

Brunello di Montalcino 2014 DOCG

Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

As the Amarona Masi, this nectar is another standard-bearer of the Italian wine production in almost every airport. It is a 100% Sangiovese from vineyards located in stony and calcareous fields at 220m asl. The grapes macerate on the skin for 10-12 days, then the divine nectar ages for a minimum of four years, including two year in oak barrels of various size, mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak cask. Salute!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has ruby colour with garnet rims. The intensity is medium.


Nose

The aroma intensity is medium plus. In the glass, there is a concentration of crunchy red fruits, with notes of tomato leaf and black pepper. The long aging in oak donates notes of vanilla, cloves, light charred wood with a hint of dark chocolate. The tertiary aromas are still quite subtle; just a touch of meaty and forest floor.


Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry, with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The flavour intensity is medium. The wine seems to lack of structure, despite it has a nice astringent power. On the palate, we have a delicate violet, red fruits, a touch of charred wood and spices, especially clove. The finish is medium plus.


Conclusion

I am a bit disappointed. I was expecting something more… much more. The wine is quite shy when drunk by its own, better to wash down a meal.


Final vote: 89


Price: £36 on farehamwinecellar.co.uk or €30.8 on Bernabei.it