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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Banfi Summus 2001
Banfi Summus 2001
(search item no. 81981)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine News rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Luscious and bold, with a round, masculine bouquet of blackberry, bitter chocolate and a whiff of coconut. The palate sports perfect harmony; it's full of cola, cherry, plum and espresso. The finish is tight and right on the money. Lovely stuff from a fine vintage; a wine made in the rich, sweet, modern style. The blend is Sangiovese, Cabernet and Syrah."
-Wine Enthusiast

This Super Tuscan red wine blend has lovely flavors of ripe cherry, plum, white pepper, spice and vanilla-oak, a rich texture and a polished, lingering finish.

Castello Banfis innovative spirit and winemaking expertise is demonstrated in all its wines, but none embodies these qualities as prominently as Summus.

A wine of towering elegance, Summus is an extraordinary blend of Brunello di Montalcino which contributes body; Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit and structure; and Syrah, elegance, character and a fruity bouquet. Each wine is individually vinified and aged one year in French oak barrique to develop its unique style, then masterfully interwoven with the others to achieve a rare dimension of taste. Two years bottle-aging brings forth a fragrant bouquet of fruit, oak and spice. Summus is characterized by a rich color and lively dance of ripe soft-fruit flavors.

Summus marries well with all red meats, stews, hearty pasta dishes 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.