Wine Depot has the pleasure to share the great scores that the Brunello family of Castello Banfi received from Monica Larner of RobertParker.com.
Castello Banfi’s 2012 Brunelli di Montalcino is a text book expression of the vintage. This wine faithfully reflects the warmth of the vintage thanks to aromas of plump cherry, blackberry, spice, grilled herb and rosemary. the bouquet offers a very Mediterranean quality that is saturated, rich and succulent. There’s a distant mineral vein that fits perfectly within this aromatic portrait of Sangiovese. Castello Banfi has done a good job building up the mouthfeel in a vintage that has produced many thin and lean wines. This expression offers respectable dimension and depth. Eighty percent of the wine is aged in botte grande and the rest goes into French barrique fro two years. – Monica Larner
Bright and generous, the 2012 Brunelli di Montalcino Poggio all Mura opens to a darkly concentrated appearance and bold aromatic intensity. The wine is forthcoming and immediate in appeal. The bouquet is redolent of blackberry, cherry confit, exotic spice, cola and dark chewing tobacco. The mouthfeel shows a higher degree of tannic astringency, however that may come from the oak. Poggio all Mura sees up to 80% aged in barrique for two years and the rest in botte grand. I’d suggest giving it a few more years to let that firmness subside and soften. The wine is too young to drink now. – Monica Larner