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1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)
Producer: Castello Banfi castellobanfi.com
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino - Toscana - Italy (DOCG)
Type: red
Varietal: Brunello
Maturity: Drink/Mature
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$51.99
Description: g and h
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: January 5, 2007 , Jeff Graul
tasted: June 6, 2007 , Seth Schulman
5 stars "Color: dark; Finish: very persistent; Loved it, perfect Brunello." Best 2008-
rated: June 30, 2002 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
94 points "6/30/2002, ws #3 wine of the year 2002 A Brunello for everyone. Solid and focused, with mineral, blackberry and licorice character. Full-bodied and very chunky, with lots of round tannins and a long, long finish. Needs time to open. Best after 2003. 32,500 cases made. (JS) " Best 2003-
rated: August 1, 2002 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
97 points "Very dark garnet with saturated purple hues. Penetrating aromas of underbrush, sweet tobacco and wild mushroom. Quite juicy, but also sumptuous and deep, with rich flavors of mocha, espresso and anise over a firm mineral backbone. There is no evidence of excess weight in spite of the wine generous structure. The long close features glossy tannins and a flavor of cassis. At once powerful and elegant. Among the largest producers in Montalcino, Castello Banfi is arguably the one making the best Brunellos today, with a remarkable string of successes since 1990."
rated: November 3, 2002 , jerome dobson
94 points Best 2004-2012
rated: February 10, 2005 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
4 stars "Deep ruby color. Delicate fruity nose with spices and dry herbs. On the palate, still young, fleshy, with tannins and acidity. Good length."
rated: December 18, 2006 , from a member
94 points
rated: September 26, 2013 , James Suckling
"Dark ruby-garnet. Aromas of blackberry, coffee bean and meat. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Big and racy. Still needs some bottle age.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2009. 32,500 cases made." Best 2013-