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2015 Castello di Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)

SKU #1490229 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. (ML) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2020 | Send Email
The nose of this powerhouse is full of spice, leather, dried fruits, elegant wild cherry all couched in a savory wave that flows out of the glass. This wine has another dimension, warmth, but that’s not alcohol it is like the sun shining on your face, it is a solar energy that you can feel. The aging of this wine is done in 60% French 350-liter barrique for two years and the rest is aged in 60-90 hectoliter (those are big) French oak casks. The results show up on your palate, there is not any vanillin sweetness from the wood at all it is a hybrid of sorts getting the best of both barrels. The texture of this wine seems important, it has depth, a bit of tannic structure but mostly an energy that moves the wine down your palate and carries the supple density through to the end. The finish shows a lot of that energy with lots of lift in the finish and the wines, supple richness remains for some time. This is an excellent wine and although you can drink it now and you would enjoy it because it is balanced enough but it will be at it’s best in another 5+ years.

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