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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Banfi Excelsus 2001
Banfi Excelsus 2001
(search item no. 89909)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An extremely limited release produced in only favorable vintages, Excelsus is an extraordinary wine made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Each varietal is macerated and fermented for 20-25 days, then aged separately in French oak barrique for one year. They are blended, and further matured in the bottle for an additional one to two years.

A densely colored, ruby-hued red with garnet tones, this austere wine offers an opulent bouquet that hints of plum, black currant and bell pepper.

Excelsus complements red meats, game, rich-tasting dishes and full-flavored cheeses.

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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.