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2018 Castello di Banfi Rosso di Montalcino

SKU #1461908 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Castello Banfi 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a stripped-down and easy-drinking red that would pair with a chicken and cheese quesadilla topped with extra sour cream and guacamole. The wine has the fresh acidity to cut through the fat in those foods without overpowering the fragrant spices and cilantro. This Rosso ages in both botte and barrique for one year. (ML) Inner quote mark (1/2020)


Outer quote mark Lively bright red. Lovely aromas and flavors of red cherry and sweet spices, plus pretty violet lift. Juicy and focused in the mouth, with a fresh mouthfeel and smooth tannins. Closes long and bright. Not very complex, but easy to drink and very enjoyable. (ID) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Wild berry, violet and menthol aromas are front and center on this bright young red. It's easygoing and approachable, offering juicy Marasca cherry and a hint of baking spice alongside soft tannins and vibrant acidity. (KO) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

K&L Notes

The name Banfi does not always get its just dues. This behemoth of an Italian wine producer, albeit owned and created by an American family, has wineries in many regions in Italy and produces a broad swath of quality and styles. However, in Montalcino the name is revered. Everyone in Montalcino understands what Banfi and specifically Castello di Banfi did for the appellation. Before Banfi, Montalcino was a backwater and an extremely poor area, after the series of wars, depression, and then the nail in the coffin (who would have guessed) a freeway put this tiny community into the hinterlands. The road from Florence to Rome up until the end of the 1950s was the SS2, the Via Cassia, the old Roman road ran right past Montalcino, but in a stroke of modernization with the world’s eyes on Italy for the upcoming 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Montalcino was bypassed. In 1978 the Mariani family purchased 7,100 acres on Montalcino’s southwestern slope, spent an ocean of money on technology and hired one of Italy’s foremost winemakers, Ezio Rivella, to oversee the venture. Before long, the Castello di Banfi Brunello di Montalcino label was everywhere in America. This Rosso di Montalcino is aged in a combination of barrique and large Slavonian oak barrels. Try it with your favorite tomato-based pasta!

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