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1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1000409 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (EB) Inner quote mark (7/2002)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS, Web Only-2007) Inner quote mark

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note given. Inner quote mark (10/2002)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Mariani family has produced a hugely concentrated, wood-dominated wine with powerful smoky aromas and concentrated black, ripe, chunky fruit. It’s heavy on the berries, both in the rustic, brambly nose and on the deep, tight, classy palate. Toasty flavors come through the fruit, but these will soften and blend in with aging. (RV) Inner quote mark (8/2002)

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