*** James Suckling 89 Points ***
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Vintage: 2016 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Castello Banfi, a family-owned vineyard estate and winery is located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The Mariani family’s dedication to excellence in all aspects has won the approval of aficionados in the wine world, capturing honour after prestigious honour. Castello Banfi was declared “International Winery of the Year” an unprecedented four times at Vinitaly’s International Enological Concourse, which also named Castello Banfi “Italy’s Best Wine Estate” eleven times since 1994.
Their welcome for our Irish customers is legendary by now! John Mariani, now in his eighties, has been a generous patron of the Shannon College of Hotel Management for very many years.
The selected grapes are vinified in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with an average maceration of 7-10 days. After an aging period of 10-12 months, partially in barriques and partially in large oak barrels, followed by an additional 6 months in bottle before release.
THE WINEMAKER COMMENT
A super-classic of Montalcino and Banfi. A wine able to match the elegance and solidity of its elder counterpart with a freshness and directness that make it one of the most versitile wines within Banfi’s offer. Very enjoyable when released, it is also suitable for a long aging.
Food Matches: Red Meat / Beef / Lamb / Venison