2010 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Fabulous aromas of dried rose petal, orange peel, oyster shell and hints of dark fruits. Full body, very fine tannins with a mineral, berry and orange-peel and Tuscan-dust undertone. A structured, salty, savory finish. Better in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Castello Banfi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the ripest wines I have tasted from this vintage. The bouquet opens to chewy tones of cherry or raspberry preserves with dried prunes and figs at the back. This is no surprise considering the softly sloping, sea-facing vineyards located in the lower part of the appellation where temperatures are slightly warmer on average. There is no doubt that this is an impeccably crafted wine (it sees 50-50 aging in French barrique and larger oak casks) that aspires to a great level of intensity, power and fullness. The mouthfeel is round and immediate with sweet fruit flavors. This Brunello will appeal to those who like a softer side of Sangiovese. (ML)
Aromas of eucalyptus, baked plum, leather and licorice complement the chocolate, leather and tar flavors. On the savory side, with dusty tannins finishing balanced and long. Best from 2016 through 2028.
Wine & Spirits
Banfi’s normale is rich and warming, with jammy flavors of blackberry edged in dark chocolate, soy and a hint of orange zest. Decant it and the peppery finish will match roasted venison.
Aromas include leafy underbrush, fennel, prune and grilled herb. The straightforward palate offers tart red berry, mint, dried sage and white pepper alongside grippy tannins and brisk acidity. Drink after 2018.