2006 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2006
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
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"Smooth and round, this red offers cherry, bitter almond, spice and woodsy notes. The tannins are dense, but this is balanced overall and lingers on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2022." (WS)

"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine laced with red berries, flowers and subtle hints of earthiness. Soft and supple throughout, the Brunello shows lovely juiciness in its fruit and a delicate, understated personality. The 2006 represents yet another step in the more elegant, refined direction the estate has taken in recent years. The 2006 Brunello was aged in equal parts cask and French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

A renewed focus on quality is in the air at Banfi. A new sorting table and smaller, custom-designed tanks that allow for parcel-by-parcel vinification were added for the 2007 harvest, and the first results seem promising. I tasted a number of single-clone and single-vineyard Brunelli from the 2009 vintage that showed beautifully, while an approximate blend of the 2007 Brunello was also strong. It will be fascinating to watch the direction Montalcino’s largest and best-known estate takes over the coming years." (WA)

"($55) Bright deep red. Sexy aromas and flavors of raspberry and musky tobacco, with wilder suggestions of leather, herbs and dried flowers. A suave, silky midweight, with a fine-grained texture and nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and very good length. Not overly oaky despite having spent two years in barriques." (IWC)

"Lots of sandalwood, with blueberry and blackberry aromas and hints of dried flowers. Cola too. Full body, with fine tannins and a long caressing finish. It’s so integrated and refined. The tannins are finely knit. Benchmark for the style and excellence of the vintage. Best after 2013." (JS)