2015 Castello di Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1442767 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a pure and beautiful Brunello with super fine and abundant tannins that are comprehensive and expansive. Builds on the palate. Full body. Round and firm with beautiful fruit and length. Lively and vivid. From organically grown grapes. Needs a year or two to soften, but already gorgeous. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura offers a distinct identity that is recognized by the natural thickness and density of the wine. Warm vintage conditions in 2015 that favor more concentrated fruit make this even more apparent. However, the palate is relatively mild mannered and tight. Black fruit, plum and blackberry roll off the tongue. Those fruity tones are followed by dark spice, balsam herb and a touch of savory barbecue spice. Unlike the classic Brunello from Castello Banfi, the Poggio alle Mura sees more contact with French barrique. Only 40% of the total is aged in botte, and 60% goes into smaller French barrels. The wine was bottled in April 2019 and will be released one year later in April 2020. Some 60,000 bottles were produced. (ML) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium dark ruby. Rich aromas of strawberry and orange peel, with a whiff of both violet and raisin. Suave in texture, with clean and energetic redcurrant and tobacco flavors. Deeper and richer than the 2015 Castello Banfi Brunello, this closes fine-grained and mellow. One of the best Poggio alle Mura Brunellos I have ever tasted (which is saying something, because I have almost always found this wine to be - to my Sangiovese taste, at least - always much too peppery and herbal). Well done. (ID) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

96 points International Wine Report: The 2015 Castello di Banfi 'Poggio Alle Mura' is a sensational showing in this fabulous vintage. Precise with incredible purity, this gorgeous red shows striking notes of lavender, flowers, currants and raspberries, which all come together beautifully in the glass. On the palate this shows wonderful energy and balance, with a beautiful citrus impression reminiscent of citron and lemon juice. Full-bodied, soft and velvety with compact and solid finish that lingers effortlessly. While this is already outstanding in its youth, it should become even more impressive as it evolves over time. RV

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