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Castello Banfi Brunello Named Best in Show, Foreign Wine of the Year BelnerO Earns Best Super Tuscan Honor

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2013 was awarded “Best in Show – Red Wine,” “Wine of the Year – Foreign,” a Platinum medal, and 98 points at the 15th annual Critics Challenge.

Critics Challenge founder and director Robert Whitley wrote this about Castello Banfi Brunello and the domestic wine of the year:

Both wines are red, and both impressed the judges and the competition directors, including yours truly, with their remarkable structure and complexity. On a personal note, the Banfi Brunello is one of the finest I have tasted from Banfi in more than a quarter-century as a wine journalist.

Castello Banfi BelnerO 2014 also earned a Platinum medal, named “Best Super Tuscan,” and scored 95 points by the Critics Challenge judges.

The judges — who consisted of the top fine wine journalists in the USA — were highly impressed by all Banfi wines entered into the competition, as they handed six Golds in addition to the two Platinums.

Additionally, many other wines from the Banfi Vintners portfolio were recognized for excellence — all told, they garnered 3 Platinums, 15 Golds, and 10 Silvers. Following is the full list:

Banfi
2013 Brunello di Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Platinum 98 points
2014 Belnero Toscana IGT Platinum 95 points
2017 La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana IGT Gold 93 points
2017 Centine Rosé Toscana IGT Gold 93 points
2016 Centine Rosso Toscana IGT Gold 92 points
2016 Rosso di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino DOC Gold 91 points
2016 Stil Novo Governo All’Uso Toscano Toscana IGT Gold 90 points
2017 San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana IGT Gold 90 points
2016 Chianti Superiore Chianti DOCG Silver
2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Silver

Bell’Agio
NV Moscato Emilia IGT Gold 92 points
NV Rosso Dolce Emilia IGT Gold 90 points
NV Rosé Dolce Emilia IGT Silver

Bolla
2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC Silver
NV Prosecco Prosecco DOC Silver
NV Sparkling Rosé Italy Silver

Emiliana
2016 Natura Carmenere Valle de Colchagua Gold 90 points

Florio
NV Fine Marsala Ambra Secco Marsala DOP Platinum 95 points
NV Fine Marsala Ambra Dolce Marsala DOP Gold 93 points

Maschio
NV Prosecco Brut Treviso Prosecco DOC Gold 93 points
NV Prosecco Extra Dry Organic Prosecco DOC Silver

Riunite
NV Lambrusco Emilia IGT Gold 93 points
NV Sangria Italy Gold 90 points

Sartori di Verona
2013 Amarone Estate Collection Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Gold 92 points
2013 L’Appassione Veneto IGT Gold 90 points
2015 Love Story Pinot Noir delle Venezie IGT Silver
2017 Love Story Rosé Veneto IGT Silver
2017 Love Story Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT Silver

More information and full results of the competition can be found on the Critics Challenge official website.

Joe Janish is Director of Public Relations for Banfi Vintners, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and a veteran of the wine industry for over 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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