Castello Banfi "Poggio Alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino Reserva DOCG 2012 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 94] [WA 94] [VM 93] [WS 90]

Castello Banfi "Poggio Alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino Reserva DOCG 2012
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 94] [WA 94] [VM 93] [WS 90]

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About the Winery:
Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. It was founded in 1978 thanks to the will of the Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani. From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines. Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.

Notes from the Winemaker:
A Brunello born in the estate vineyards that the zonation studies, which started in 1980, identified as the most suitable for Sangiovese. Elegant and balanced Brunello, with a good persistence, complex and sweet aromas and with an important but soft structure and a nice final acidity.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Very ripe and dense with lots of dried-fruit, spice and cedar character. Some cigar box, too. Full-bodied, velvety and rich. Powerful. Give it two to three years of bottle age." (30 Nov, 2016)

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Underbrush, pipe tobacco, leather, scorched earth and dark culinary-spice aromas meld together in this full-bodied red. The savory, structured palate delivers baked plum, juicy black cherry, vanilla and star anise framed in fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2032." - Kerin O’Keefe (5/1/2018)

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Bright and generous, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle 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 alle 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 (Feb 2017)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Deep red-ruby. Blackberry, strawberry and nutty oak on the nose, complicated by smoky minerality and a whiff of mocha. Fresh but smooth, with a distinctly savory quality to the ripe red berry and herbal flavors. The finish is broad and suave, displaying a saline element and substantial ripe tannins. Not unexpectedly, this Riserva is richer and denser than the 2013 Brunello Poggio alle Mura." I- an D'Agata (Apr 2018)

90 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A big, chewy style, with black cherry, dark plum, chocolate, tobacco and earth flavors. Pinched on the finish for now, though there is plenty of concentration. Best from 2022 through 2032. 1,300 cases made, 200 cases imported." - BS (Jun 30, 2018)