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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Predominantly Sangiovese with small
percentage of noble French varietals. Deep and intense mauve red color. Gentle
aromas of vanilla, tobacco and coffee, with
hints of cherry jam and prunes. Harmonious
with soft, well-balanced tannins. Persistent
finish and a great potential for aging. Perfect with red meats, wild game and aged cheeses.
"Attractive deep garnet hue. Fresh plum and blueberry aromas with notes of coffee bean and leather. Tart black cherry fruit with dusty, flinty tannins and a defined minerality. Lengthy finish shows great staying power. "
The Wine News
"Belnero is a new product from Castello Banfi that offers a pretty aromatic ensemble of blackberry, plums, prunes, wet earth, tobacco and spice. There's a mature element to the fruit but it’s nicely integrated with the wine's fruity freshness and acidity. This pretty Sangiovese-based wine shows many of the lovely characteristics of Brunello di Montalcino."
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,...Read More About Banfi
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...Read More About Tuscany
Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...Read More About Sangiovese
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