1997 Castello Banfi "Poggio all'Oro" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry, dried flowers and cherry. Very intense and concentrated nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long flavorful finish. Lots of light vanilla and crushed dark fruits on the finish. Solid now, but better with age. (2007)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full bright ruby. Cherry liqueur, coffee and exotic woodsmoke on the superripe nose. Big and chewy on the palate; a broad, oaky wine with a strong impression of extract and plenty of personality. Flavors of crystallized red berries, coffee and mocha. Finishes with huge tannins that avoid dryness. Very true to the vintage.
This wine shows an extraordinarily engaging and complex nose full of spice, plum, leather, green tea and an elegance in the aromatics that is fascinating. The wine is dark red, not opaque but seemingly perfect for Brunello. It displays very powerful structure with lots and lots of tannins but these are very fine with no harshness. This is perhaps the most powerful of all of the '97 Riserve I have tasted; it will need many years in your cellar. Banfi is the largest producer of Brunello in Montalcino and covers a huge expanse of territory to the southwest of Montalcino iover land with a mixed continental Miocene deposit of sand and sandy-clay soil. (Greg St Clair, K&L Italian Buyer)