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Banfi Takes Four Best In Shows at San Diego Wine Challenge

Nearly 1,400 wines were entered into the 2017 San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge, Robert Whitley’s annual competition judged by an esteemed and varied panel of industry veterans — including wine buyers, critics, winemakers, sommeliers, and educators.

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino red wine bottleWines from Banfi fared well, with 30 collecting medals — including four taking “Best of Show” honors.

Best in Show Wines

Best Amarone
Bolla 2011 Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC

Best Brunello
Castello Banfi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Best Veneto
Bolla 2011 Creso

Best Super Tuscan

Castello Banfi 2013 Summus

All Medal Winners from Banfi Vintners

Banfi Tuscany
Silver 2015 Chianti DOCG Superiore
Silver 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG
Gold 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 93 Points
Gold 2014 Centine Rosso, Toscana IGT 92 Points
Gold 2016 Centine Rose, Toscana IGT 91 Points
Gold 2016 La Pettegola Vermentino, Toscana IGT 91 Points

Banfi Piemonte
Gold 2016 Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG 92 Points

Castello Banfi
Gold 2012 Excelsus, Toscana IGT 92 Points
Platinum 2013 Summus, Toscana IGT 95 Points
Gold 2013 Belnero, Toscana IGT 92 Points
Silver 2012 Cum Laude, Toscana IGT
Gold 2014 Rosso di Montalcino DOC 91 Points
Gold 2012 Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 94 Points
Gold 2016 San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Toscana IGT 91 Points

Bell’Agio
Silver NV Rosso Dolce, Lambrusco Emilia IGT

Emiliana Natura Carmenere red wine bottleBolla
Platinum 2011 Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC 95 Points
Silver 2012 Torr’Alta, Veronese IGT, Rosso
Platinum 2011 Creso, Veronese IGT 95 Points
Platinum NV Rose Sparkling Wine 95 Points

Natura
Gold 2015 Natura Carmenere 91 Points

Eufloria
Silver NV Aromatic Rose

Maschio
Gold NV Prosecco DOC, Treviso Brut 93 Points
Gold NV Rose Sparkling Wine 91 Points

Rainstorm
Gold 2015 Silver Linings, Pinot Noir Rose 91 Points

Riunite
Silver NV Lambrusco, Emilia IGT
Silver NV Lambrusco Rose, Emilia IGT

Sartori di Verona
Gold 2013 L’Appassione, Delle Venezie Rosso IGT 91 Points
Gold 2013 Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG, Estate Collection 94 Points
Gold 2013 Valpolicella DOC, Classico Superiore, Estate Collection 91 Points

Unparalleled
Gold 2016 Rose Cuvee, Coteaux Varois En Provence 92 Points

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Joe Janish is Director of Public Relations for Banfi Vintners, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and a veteran of the wine industry for almost 20 years. He launched one of the first wine blogs back in 1997, the now-defunct “Wine Dictator,” and cut his teeth on his grandfather’s homemade wine. He still keeps a copy of Wine for Dummies nearby for reference.

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