Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2014 / 750 ml.

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JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Firm and lightly austere with blueberry and mineral character. Some bark. Medium body, good fruit and a light finish. Drink now.
WE8787 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2016
Aromas of underbrush, red berry, tilled soil and a whiff of menthol come together on this. The easygoing, vibrant palate offers black cherry, espresso and a hint of star anise alongside zesty acidity and polished tannins.
SP8686 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2017
An elegant cherry- and earth-flavored red, with glimpses of tobacco. Finishes with dusty tannins and moderate length. Drink now. 56,500 cases made.

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JS89 89 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Tuesday, November 22, 2016)

Firm and lightly austere with blueberry and mineral character. Some bark. Medium body, good fruit and a light finish. Drink now.

WE87 87 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (11/1/2016)

Aromas of underbrush, red berry, tilled soil and a whiff of menthol come together on this. The easygoing, vibrant palate offers black cherry, espresso and a hint of star anise alongside zesty acidity and polished tannins.

SP86 86 pts. / Wine Spectator (Feb 28, 2017)

An elegant cherry- and earth-flavored red, with glimpses of tobacco. Finishes with dusty tannins and moderate length. Drink now. 56,500 cases made.

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Region / Tuscany

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There are few regions as picturesque as Italy's Tuscany. And there are few regions that produce finer wines, either. Tuscany is home to legendary wine regions Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti, among others, where the red wine grape Sangiovese is king. It's also home to "Super Tuscans," a category of Tuscan wines that don't officially fall within the Italian wine classification system.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 71076
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Rosso di Montalcino
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13%
Wine/Spirit Brand Banfi
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2014
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Sangiovese
Primary Grape Sangiovese
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2019
The 2014 Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Like all of the wines here, the 2014 San Marcellino needs at least a few years in bottle to truly show everything it has, but there is more than enough here to provide for engaging drinking for many years to come. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous scents of black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and smoke. The 2014 is a striking, complete wine.
JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
Blackberries, black cherries and a hint of earth on the nose. Full body. Chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Tangy acidity at the end. Needs time to soften, but I like the brightness from the acidity. Nicely done for the vintage. Drink or hold.
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Italy | Tuscany | Chianti Classico

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RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jul 2019
I’ve always said that Jan Hendrik Erbach is a maniac when it comes to the details. This wine is normally called “Vigneti del Versante,” with the Italian word for vineyards (“vigneti”) in plural because fruit comes from more than one site, but just this one time, the wine is called “Vigneto” (in the singular tense) because fruit was sourced from a single vineyard instead. The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto del Versante sees fruit sourced from the Scopeta vineyard (planted in 2003), and this single-vineyard expression offers spicy fruit with dark berries and plum. The wine shows great fiber and density, with much of that power coming from the heavier soils of the vineyard site. This is a beautiful expression from a difficult vintage. The wine will be released this autumn.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2019
Bright red. Flint and rosemary nuances complement the red cherry and mineral aromas and flavors. Juicy and fresh, this medium-bodied Brunello showcases a refined mouthfeel and a typical cool-climate personality. A hint of sweet spices on the long finish is very typical of Sesta, where Pian dell’Orino’s Scopeta vineyard is located (in 2014, the Brunello Vigneti del Versante is a blend of grapes from the Scopeta and Bassolino di Sopra vineyards). Only 1,700 bottles made compared to 9,000 in very good vintages.
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JD8989 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/25/2024
Pouring a deep ruby color, the 2021 Chianti Classico is aromatic of fresh cedar, ripe red cherry, dusty earth, and dried red flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it is mouthwatering with savory herbs up front, followed by tangy acidity, dusty tannins, and a lingering bit of smoky incense on the finish with oak spices. It’s a solid offering to enjoy over the near term and would be ideal for pizza nights. Drink 2024–2026. (Audrey Frick)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2023
Offers black cherry, eucalyptus, tar and iron flavors backed by a spine of assertive tannins. Tips to the astringent side in the end, so enjoy with tomato sauces, salume and cheeses. Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028. 40,000 cases made, 23,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, January 20, 2022
A very pretty Bolgheri red with currant, chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s full and layered with firmness and freshness. Tight at the end, with a lovely texture and finesse to the tannins. Drink or hold.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2021
Compact, with plum, black cherry, iron and cedar flavors, this gains agility as it builds to the long finish. Not showy, yet harmonious. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2025. 6,500 cases made, 2,300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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Banfi Aska 2017 / 750 ml.

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 95089

JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Aromas of currants and blackberries and hints of mushrooms follow through to a medium body with plenty of fruit, fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Drink after 2022, but already a beauty.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2020
This red starts out accessible, packed with ripe plum, cherry, iron and earth flavors accented by oak spice, before dense tannins firm up the finish. Though finely balanced, elegant and fresh, this will take a few years to integrate all its elements. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2032. 2,000 cases imported.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2020
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc opens with aromas of dark-skinned berry, leather and a whiff of mocha. The juicy, balanced palate delivers blackberry jam, star anise and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2024.
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Dec 2020
In developing their new Bolgheri project, the team at Banfi decided to focus on Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, blended here 90% to 10%, respectively. Their 2017 Bolgheri Rosso Aska shows richness and generous fruit for sure, but the wine is more streamlined and subdued next to many of the much riper wines made by its peers in this hot and dry vintage. This wine has captured the concentration and spicy nature of the vintage, but it does so without feeling heavy or jammy. There’s good balance in the mouth as well, with well managed tannin. Production is an ample 82,000 bottles.
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JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Cool and perfumed 2016 Brunello with black cherries, flowers and crushed stones. Medium to full body with firm, chewy tannins, yet polished and very silky. Mineral and seaweed undertones. Just a hint of bitterness. Drink after 2023.
RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
This wine represents a selection of fruit from vineyards near the property’s postcard-perfect Castello, and it’s often the most representative of the new releases presented each year by Castello Banfi. From a classic and balanced vintage, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura shows beautiful depth and balance with dark fruit, cassis, dried cherry, licorice, balsam herb and earthy tones. The wine is symmetrical, tight and elegant with long, silky tannins. This is the full Banfi package.
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2021
There’s a lot going on in this bone-dry yet complex red, whose cherry, strawberry and plum fruit meshes with iron, tobacco, wild thyme and Mediterranean pine flavors, while the dusty tannins exert their presence on the lingering finish. Think hearty stews or wild boar ragù. Best from 2025 through 2043. 160 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/4/2021
The 2016 Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino was aged for two years in 40% large French oak casks and 60% in French oak barriques. It offers concentrated aromatics of confected black cherry, vanilla, tobacco, and tar, and the palate is full of grounding structure and flavors of unsweetened black licorice, cherry pit, and fresh Mediterranean herbs. This will warrant time in the cellar to mature, over the next 15 to 20 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura from Banfi impresses with a dark, savory and exotic display, with woodland berries, sage, ashen soil tones and hints of tobacco. There are depths of silky textures here, lifted by cooling minerality and hints of mint. Its red and black fruits are polished, as this shows wonderful symmetry and poise, with flavors of licorice, dark chocolate and purple-tinged florals toward the close. You can feel its youthful structure, but there are plenty of primary components here to balance them out. Very nice.
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 4, 2021
Really fresh and vivid with sliced lemon and apple heading into cherry and floral undertones. It’s medium- to full-bodied with fine tannins and a vivid and bright finish. This is so drinkable and pretty for the hot and dry 2017 vintage, which produced many heavy Brunellos. Drink now or hold.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2022
This red is defined by the strawberry, cherry and floral aromas and flavors, graced by notes of tar, tobacco, eucalyptus and wild herbs. Firm and unforgiving on the finish for now, yet stays persistent and lively through the long aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2042. 37,500 cases made, 4,600 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Feb 2022
The Castello Banfi 2017 Brunello di Montalcino relies on fruit freshness and varietal purity to show a classic side of this hot and dry vintage. The wine remains elegant and bright throughout with plenty of primary fruit, cherry and dried raspberry. It shows a clean, linear style with rosemary, blue flower and some green olive or wild fennel. This is a handy, near-term drinking wine with a hefty 15% alcohol that can be absorbed with a hearty pasta or lasagna. Production is impressive with 450,000 bottles. (Monica Larner)
WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2022
Subtle aromas of scorched earth, forest floor and mature berries mingle with a eucalyptus note. The full-bodied palate features cherry marinated in spirits, prune, roasted coffee bean and licorice framed in close-grained tannins. You’ll also notice the warmth of alcohol on the close. While it reflects the heat of the vintage, it also shows polish and restraint. (Kerin O’Keefe)
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SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2023
An intense red, with blackberry, black currant, wet hay, leather, earth and iron aromas and flavors piercing the athletic structure. Almost delicate, with a dense matrix of tannins for support. Features fine energy and length. Best from 2026 through 2047. 1,100 cases made, 213 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, December 11, 2022
Cranberries, crushed raspberries, bark, tobacco leaf, hazelnuts and lemons on the nose. Expressive, fresh and savory on the palate, with bright acidity and tight, firm tannins. I like the tangy energy at the end. Try in 2024. (James Suckling)
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Mar 2023
Now in its proverbial third leaf (or the third vintage made), the Castello Banfi 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto is a wine of rich concentration and dark fruit nuances. The bouquet is tight and powerful with all kinds of black cherry and wild currant aromas. The balance is good and so is the intensity of the primary fruit. Only the strong 15% alcohol content is out of place. This is a solid Brunello that will appeal to those who love the richer and more saturated side of Sangiovese. There is some sour cherry on the close, and the tannins would benefit from a few more years in the bottle. Production is exactly 13,325 bottles. (Monica Larner)
JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/6/2023
Moving to a more serious and grounding wine, the 2018 Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna Marrucheto is ripe with balsamic, toasted herbs, sassafras, and black cherry. It is full without being heavy and has meaty cherry black and plum pit, as well as toasted cedar and forest floor. This is another firmly structured wine with more tannin than acid lift. Drink 2025–2032. (Audrey Frick)
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JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, October 9, 2023
Fresh lemongrass, stones and apple pith on the nose. This is pristine, fresh and sleek on the palate with subtle white fruit and citrus notes before a zesty, pure finish. Fresh acidity throughout. Drink now. (Zekun Shuai)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2023
A bright, juicy white marked by peach, apple, white pepper and sage. Lithe and harmonious, leaving a mouthwatering, salt-tinged finish. Drink now. 58,000 cases made, 3,900 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, October 9, 2023
Deep character of ripe purple fruit with sweet spices, violets and chocolate notes. Full-bodied, succulent and mellow with creamy tannins and velvety texture. Fruity and lingering. Sustainable. Drink or hold. (James Suckling)
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2024
The nose is earthy, vegetal and stony, with undercurrents of both sweetness and spice becoming more powerful with time. The earthiness persists on the palate, but takes a backseat to an emergent, tart florality. Waves of acid wash against austere tannins. (Danielle Callegari)
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