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Praise for a Perfect Ten Vintage: Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010

2010brunelloWe are so proud of our 2010 Brunello and wanted to share some of the great reviews and accolades that it has received since being introduced to the world in January.

Castello Banfi Brunello 2010 was awarded Best in Class and a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. For 76 years, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. An esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

In addition to winning Best of Class for its Brunello in the competition, Banfi also collected another six medals, including a Gold for its L’Ardi Dolcetto d’Acqui 2014, three Silver medals, and one Bronze.

Previously in another blind tasting, The Winemaker Challenge, Castello Banfi was named Winery of the Year, Europe, in part for the beautiful showing of its 2010 Brunello. Robert Whitley, competition organizer and esteemed wine critic, writes:

Castello Banfi was named Winery of the Year, Europe. Along with its Banfi division in Italy’s Chianti region, the Castello amassed 11 medals, including four platinum awards. The star of the Banfi show was its 2010 Brunello di Montalcino ($75) [Best of Class Italian], but its 2013 San Angelo Pinot Grigio ($19) also won Best of Class. Banfi also won platinum with its 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva ($19). The latter two wines are a steal at the price.

Furthermore, Castello Banfi receives praise for its 2010 Brunello outside the world of competitions in the press and among sommeliers. A few examples:

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010

  • Fabulous aromas of dried rose petal, orange peel, and oyster shell with hints of dark fruits…

95 points

[James Suckling, Tasting Report, December 2014]

  •  Aromas of flowers, spices and cherry are prevalent.  This is juicy, fresh and full bodied on the palate with lots of refined silky tannins.  Well balanced and very impressive.

92-95 points                                                                      

[Tuscan Vines, March 2015]

  • Earthy, but not rustic, showing plums and deep berry fruit.

[Somm Journal, April/May 2015]

  • This wine will age beautifully because of the balance.

[Fred Dame, Master Sommelier]

Castello Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 2010

  • A wine that shows such layered and in-depth character.

97 points

[James Suckling, Tasting Report, December 2014]

  • Opens to brooding dark concentration and an impressive sense of depth. The aromas that characterize the wine are in a school of their own. Instead of the standard red cherry and rose, this expression of Sangiovese gives you rich layers of blackberry pie, Indian spice, cured meat, wet terra-cotta, tar and black licorice. The tannin management is excellent and there’s a distant point of textural firmness that will soften with a few more years of cellar aging.

95 points

[eRobertParker, February 2015]

  • I hate to use the word, ‘classic’ but this is it – dark cherry, dark plums, firm, not harsh tannins…balanced.”

[Master Sommelier, Fred Dame]

  • Deep ruby red. Very clean and intense on the nose, strong aromas of blackberry, and prune, together with captivating notes of Rose and seeds of coriander. Compact and concentrated at first, in a second moment it shows very ripened berries, and it opens with mature and elegant tannins, sweet and creamy, very long, it invites to drink a full bottle!

94 points

[Falstaff Magazine]

  • Loads of wild berry and floral aromas on the nose. As it opens, it adds a touch of mocha and spice.  Very attractive to smell.  On the palate there is a masculine full bodied core of ripe wild berry fruit.  Chewy, quite tannic but balanced well with a long, fruity, juicy finish.  Spices and toast dot the finish as well.  This is really good, but clearly needs time. 

92-95 points

[Tuscan Vines, January 2015]

 

2010 Vintage of Brunello di Montalcino

  • The critics are saying that the 2010 Brunello is the best in some 200 years. Any anytime you hear that much hype, you’re skeptical because you’ve heard it all before—but this is the real deal.

[Master Sommelier, Fred Dame]

  • 2010 will go down as one of the great all-time vintages in Tuscany…Stylistically, the 2010s remind me of the 2004s, but with more fruit and overall depth. The finest wines should age gracefully for years, and in some cases, decades…

[Antonio Galloni, Vinuous Media, August 2013]

 

Have you tried Banfi’s 2010 Brunello? If so, post your comments below.

 

 

Rebecca fell in love with wine — Castello Banfi Brunello in particular — on a cliché semester abroad in Italy. A Texas native, she has traveled to wine regions throughout France, as well as to Portugal, South Africa, and across the U.S. In addition to earning a BA from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Rebecca holds an Advanced with Merit certification from the WSET and was a founding contributor of the popular wine industry blog Terroirist.

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