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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999
Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999
(search item no. 63010)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 29 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!

"This shows an incredible concentration of fruit, with loads of berries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and lots of smoky character and a long finish."
-Wine Spectator

Brunello di Montalcino was Italy's first wine to be accorded D.O.C.G. status, a testament to its aristocracy, balance and fabulous proclivity for aging. Under the direction of Banfi's master winemakers, our Brunello grapes are transformed into a remarkable world-class wine, perhaps the most respected red of Italy. Aged for a total of four years, including a minimum of two years in oak barrels, Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of robust character. It possesses a rich garnet color, and a depth, complexity and opulence that is softened by an elegant, lingering aftertaste.

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino's regal qualities are best exhibited with game, red meats, roasts, hearty stews and rich powerful cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano.

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About Castello Banfi:

In 1978 John and Harry Mariani, owners of the U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners, established the award winning vineyard estate and winery Castello Banfi in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A constellation of single vineyards located on ideal sites cover about one third of the 7,100 acre (2,830 hectares) estate. The remaining land consists of bucolic meadows, olive and plum groves, and woodland. Central to the property is a medieval castle that functions as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at a full service restaurant, enoteca and museum dedicated to the history of glass and its relation to wine.