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2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva

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April 30, 2023 - $96



96The Wine Advocate

...tart berry fruit, cassis and sour cherry...begins to slowly deliver more spice, smoke and tar. All these various elements come together with balance and harmony...

96Wine Enthusiast

Forest-floor, new leather and pipe-tobacco aromas mingle with notes of violet and coffee bean. Elegantly structured, the taut, savory palate doles out ripe black cherry, blackberry jam, licorice and a hint of espresso while polished, fine-grained tannins and tangy acidity...

95James Suckling

Mixed-cherry, floral and crushed-stone aromas. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh finish.

95Jeb Dunnuck

It reveals smoky aromatics of cedar, dried black cherry, and dark mineral earth and a persistent core of ripe black fruit that is cloaked with ripe, velvety tannins and notes of black tea and clove.

94Wine Spectator

Balsamic notes of pine, tobacco and Scotch broom gain the upper hand over the strawberry and cherry fruit in this red, at present...intense core of fruit persists through the mostly savory finish.

93Vinous / IWC

...dried black cherries, sweet flowery perfumes and hints of tobacco...depths of dark textures here, silky in feel but with a blanket of fine-grained tannins...tactile minerality and mounting inner florals, giving way to a classically structured finish.

17Jancis Robinson


Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.