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Poggio all’Oro Brunello 2006

96 Points – Wine Spectator
James Suckling, January 2012
“Intense aromas of roses and dark fruits. Hints of black truffles. Full body, with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Hints of new wood, but intermingles well with ripe fruit. Structured and rich. Drink now or hold.”

95 Points – Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast
Monica Larner, January 2012
“Sophisticated and austere, with just a tiny dab of playfulness on the bouquet from sweet spice and red rose aromas. Beyond that are steady pulses of tobacco, leather and dark cedar. The wine is plush, textured and rich with a steady firmness that keeps it grounded.”

90 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Antonio Galloni, April 2012
“The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro emerges from the glass with black cherries, licorice, smoke, new leather and spices, all supported by firm, powerful tannins. The 2006 has plenty of focus and length, but the quality of the tannins is rooted in the approach to vinification that was used here prior to 2007. In other words, the 2006 Poggio all’Oro lacks a measure of finesse. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.

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.”


Poggio alle Mura Brunello 2007

96 Points – Wine Spectator
James Suckling, January 2012
“Wonderful nose of dried flowers, orange peel, dark fruits and tanned leather. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a subtle fruity finish. Long and racy.”

94 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Monica Larner, January 2012
“Dark, chewy, clean quality of tannin with fresh mouthfeel and persistency. Beautiful fruit intensity with cherry, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Bold and extracted mouthfeel. Good aging potential.”

92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Antonio Galloni, April 2012
“The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura blasts across the palate with a heady array of black cherries, camphor, licorice and spices. The wine possesses gorgeous depth and inner sweetness in a plush, inviting style with plenty of early appeal. An explosive finish rounds things out in style. The Poggio alle Mura was aged in 350-liter barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

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.”

92 Points – Wine Spectator
Bruce Sanderson, September 2012
“This lush red is full of sweet plum, cherry, cedar and tea notes, getting support from dense, ripe tannins. The result is a balanced combination of sweet fruit and spice elements on the prolonged finish.”


ExcelsuS 2007

97 Points – Enthusiast Top 100 – Wine Enthusiast
Monica Larner, October 2011
“The 2007 Excelsus is a gorgeous super Tuscan expression (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) that shows quality and superior fruit on all levels. Castello Banfi has really hit a home run with this vintage. You’ll encounter persuasive aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco, curry leaf and deep renderings of exotic spice. The wine’s texture is exceedingly smooth, rich and long lasting.”

95 Points – Wine Spectator
James Suckling, October 2010
“A full and very juicy red, with loads of blackberry, toasty oak and intense coffee character. Very intense. Superb.

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