2010 Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino

Year: 2010
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Price :
$17.95
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"The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino flows across the palate with layers of lush, expressive fruit. The wine’s minerality comes through on the mid-palate and finish. I very much like the combination of rich fruit and freshness in this lush, textured Rosso. Banfi aged the Rosso in a combination of French oak barrels and casks. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

Banfi continues to step up their game with the 2007 Brunelli, the first wines made with a new approach to small-lot vinification that seeks to get the best out of the 47 Sangiovese parcels the estate owns." (WA)

"SILKY, APPEALING, MELLOW----ROSSO di MONTALCINO FOR $17.95 2010 ROSSO di MONTALCINO Btld. CASTELLO BANFI

Rosso di Montalcino is the young kissing cousins of the Brunello di Montalcinos. Both come 100% from the same grape, the Grosso Sangiovese, which in this area of Tuscany goes by the name of Brunello. Where they differ is that Brunello’s come from ripe, almost late picked grapes while there are no such limitations on Ros¬sos. In addition, Brunellos must be at least four years old before release of which at least two are in barrel. While Rossos have no such aging restrictions and instead of offering the complexity and seriousness of a Brunello, most Rosso’s are lighter and fruiter wines with out the depth or long finish of the much more costly Brunellos. After having said this, I must point out in the instance of the Banfi Rosso, there is sort of a compromise, in that their Rossos receive a decent amount of wood age. This aging occurs for one year in French Oak Barriques and six moths in bottle -- the result a more velvety and complex wine then many other Rossos, giving the Banfi a greater compatibility with a “gourmet” grade of Italian food and other types of red meat dishes.

In describing this wine I find myself in agreement with Robert Parker’s Italian reviewer when he rated this 2010 a 90 and writes, “The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino flows across the palate with layers of lush, expressive fruit. The wine’s minerality comes through on the mid-palate and finish. I very much like the combination of rich fruit and freshness in this lush, textured Rosso. Banfi aged the Rosso in a combination of French oak barrels and casks. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.”

It’s also interesting what Parker’s reviewer mentions about the new method Banfi use, writing, “Banfi continues to step up their game since there 2007 release, the first wines made with a new approach to small-lot vinification that seeks to get the best out of the 47 Sangiovese parcels the estate owns.”

Regular price is around $24, with L.A. Wine Company having on special for under $18. RATING: 90

PRICE: $17.95 ***bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
DESCRIPTION:
Colour: intense ruby red with violet reflections. Bouquet: intense, fresh, fruity with typical varietal characteristics of violet, cherry, plum. Taste: gentle, wide, soft, with surprising length.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES:
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 PAIRINGS:
Ideal match with game and medium-aged cheese. The remarkable structure allows for a good aging. First vintage produced: 1983