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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2005
Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2005
(search item no. 90702)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino is a wine of noble origins and impressive original thinking. Made from 100% select Sangiovese clones, Rosso di Montalcino is considered Brunello's younger sibling.

Rosso di Montalcino is aged less than its elder counterpart - 12 months in wood (half in French oak barrique and half in Slavonian oak casks) followed by at least 6 months in the bottle before release. It is deep ruby-red in color with a dry, round, velvety taste and generous body - characteristics similar to those desired in a great Brunello.

Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino is an outstanding companion to veal, red meats and 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.