2007 Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)
Aromas of ripe plums and berries and hints of tar. Full body, with velvety tannins and a lovely texture. Fruit and coffee character on the palate. Structured. Classy and powerful. Needs two or three years to soften. Better than 2006.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A striking wine, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio alle Mura covers every inch of the palate. In 2007, the Riserva is pure texture, silk and voluptuousness. Freshly cut roses, sweet red berries, tobacco and mint all take shape in this impeccable, sensual wine. Ripe tannins support the gracious, generous finish. Simply put, the 2007 Riserva Poggio alle Mura is one of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Banfi, and hopefully a harbinger for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
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. Best from 2014 through 2027. 4,500 cases made. –BS
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, dark red. Subdued but pure aromas of dark cherry liqueur, mocha and spicy oak. Dense, smooth and rather suave; quite ripe but with a lighter touch than the regular bottling. This is broad and rich without any heaviness. More tightly coiled today but the tannins are also riper and sweeter and the finish longer.
According to Wine Advocate's Antonion Galloni: "I tasted a number of new wines from Castello Banfi this year. The estate seems to be differentiating their wines a little more than in the past into an entry-level line and a more prestigious Poggio alle Mura range, which has now been enhanced with the addition of a new Rosso and non-Riserva Poggio alle Mura Brunello. I have to say the new Poggio alle Mura wines are distinctive and highly appealing." (06/2013)