Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva 1997

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Italy : Tuscany : Brunello di Montalcino
Castello Banfi
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  • Wine Spectator

    James Suckling
    Web Only - 2007
    96 Dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry, dried flowers and cherry. Very intense and concentrated nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long flavorful finish. Lots of light vanilla and crushed dark fruits on the finish. Solid now, but better with age.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2010. 5,000 cases made.
  • Wine Enthusiast

    Michael Schachner
    November 15, 2003
    93 Rock solid and compact. This wine is true-blue Brunello, meant to be cellared for 10 or more years. Flavors of plum, cherry and currant are pure, and there’s far more fruit here than wood. But the tannins are like nails and they get harder and harder with each sip. Yes, it’s a top-flight Brunello, but hold, for best results, until 2010.
  • International Wine Cellar

    Stephen Tanzer
    September 2003
    91 Full bright ruby. Cherry liqueur, coffee and exotic woodsmoke on the superripe nose. Big and chewy on the palate; a broad, oaky wine with a strong impression of extract and plenty of personality. Flavors of crystallized red berries, coffee and mocha. Finishes with huge tannins that avoid dryness. Very true to the vintage.