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Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2017

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

A great expression of Montalcino
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/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Since 1978 Castello Banfi has embodied the largest project in Tuscany which has reconciled terroir and technological innovation. Founded by two Italian-American brothers John and Harry Mariani in the late 1970s, the winery quickly became an empire of Italian wine, with mind-boggling numbers: about 10 million bottles produced each year and over 800 hectares of property. Castello Banfi has thus fully acquired the role of ambassador in the world of Italian and Tuscan excellence in particular.

The style, centred on the enological correctness of the product, has always embraced the best compromise between identity and modern taste. In this sense, the winery has certainly been able to interpret times and seasons, masterfully combining sometimes opposing needs. As a result, production has expanded enormously, reaching all the most significant areas of Tuscany.

Among these Montalcino certainly stands out, where the winery still has its headquarters, in Poggio alle Mura, near the wonderful castle overlooking the small village. Brunello is perhaps the most direct and clean expression of the winery’s style. It comes from different vineyards, located between 200 and 350 metres above sea level, and benefits from ageing in wood which is made up of 70% large barrels and 30% barrique, a clear indication of the modernising orientation of the product.

What does this wine taste like?

Wood, it must be said, which is perfectly integrated, starting from the colour of the wine, which still appears strongly ruby. The bouquet is fruity and jammy, with ferrous and ethereal echoes of rubber and caoutchouc. There is also a more developed subtext, which recalls, in addition to sweet spices like cinnamon, skins and animal notes. Consistent with the style, the tannin is already quite domesticated, and, although supported by a fine acidic shoulder, the wine flows with enveloping pleasure.

Ruby red / Violet glints
Frutta in confettura / Etereo / Expressive / Mineral / Cinnamon / Cocoa / Note animali
Fresh / Tannino ben integrato / Enveloping / With body / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

It goes very well with all those preparations that include game and venison, such as duck ravioli or wild boar terrine. Perfect to have in the cellar for the autumn period.

Red meat
Roast meats
Small game

Terrina di cinghiale / Ravioli d'anatra / Quaglie ripiene / Costata di manzo / Stinco di manzo

Ratings and awards

201893 PK93 SK
201792 PK16+ JR93 SK92 WS
201694 PK95 SK
201593 PK94 SK
201491 PK
201392+ PK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectator

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Suckling and Parker

Really fresh and vivid with sliced lemon and apple heading into cherry and floral undertones. It’s medium- to full-bodied with fine tannins and a vivid and bright finish. This is so drinkable and pretty for the hot and dry 2017 vintage, which produced many heavy Brunellos. Drink now or hold.

— James Suckling (04/11/2021) Vintage 2017 - 93 SUCKLING

The Castello Banfi 2017 Brunello di Montalcino relies on fruit freshness and varietal purity to show a classic side of this hot and dry vintage. The wine remains elegant and bright throughout with plenty of primary fruit, cherry and dried raspberry. It shows a clean, linear style with rosemary, blue flower and some green olive or wild fennel. This is a handy, near-term drinking wine with a hefty 15% alcohol that can be absorbed with a hearty pasta or lasagna. Production is impressive with 450,000 bottles.

— Monica Larner (17/02/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

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