Competitions

Winemakers Love Banfi Wines

Banfi wines impressed the judges of the ninth annual Winemaker Challenge, held in San Diego recently.

Headlining the results were Castello Banfi ExcelsuS, Banfi Chianti Classico, Bolla Le Origini Amarone, and Bell’Agio Rosso Dolce, all of which won “Best of” honors in their respective categories. Additionally, Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino, Sartori Amarone, and Bolla Amarone landed Platinum Medals.

Following are the results of the competition for the Banfi Vintners portfolio:

BEST SUPER TUSCAN

Castello Banfi ExcelsuS 2013

BEST CHIANTI

Banfi Chianti Classico 2015
Platinum Award

BEST AMARONE

Bolla Le Origini 2010
Platinum Award

BEST LAMBRUSCO

Bell’Agio Rosso Dolce
Platinum Award

Medals by Brand:

Banfi
2015 Rosso di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino DOC – Platinum 94 points
2013 Excelsus Toscana IGT – Gold 92 points
2016 Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG – Gold 92 points
2015 Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG – Gold 91 points
2016 La Pettegola Toscana IGT – Gold 91 points
2015 Chianti Superiore Chianti DOCG – Silver
2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG – Silver
2014 ASKA Rosso Bolgheri DOC- Silver
2013 Cum Laude Toscana IGT – Silver
2014 Centine Rosso Toscana IGT – Silver
NV Via Rosa Italy – Silver

Bell’Agio
NV Rosso Dolce Lambrusco Emilia IGT – Platinum 94 points
NV Rose Dolce Emilia IGT – Gold 90 points

Bolla
2010 Le Origini Riserva Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – Platinum 95 points
2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – Platinum 94 points

Emiliana
2015 Natura Carmenere Valle de Colchagua – Silver
2017 Natura Rose Valle de Rapel – Silver

Florio
NV Fine Marsala Dry Ambra Secco Sicilia DOC – Gold 91 points
NV Fine Marsala Sweet Ambra Dolce Sicilia DOC – Silver

I Saltari
2010 Valpolicella Superiore Valpolicella Superiore DOC – Silver

Maschio
NV Maschio Prosecco Brut Prosecco DOC – Silver
NV Prosecco Extra Dry Prosecco DOC – Silver
NV Maschio Sparkling Rose Italy – Silver

Pacific Rim
2016 “Riesling J” Columbia Valley – Silver
2016 Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley – Silver
2016 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley – Silver

Riunite
NV Lambrusco Emilia IGT – Silver
NV Riunite Sangria Italy -Silver

Sartori di Verona
2013 Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Estate Collection – Platinum 94 points
2013 L’Appassione Rosso delle Venezie IGT – Gold 91 points

Visit the Winemaker Challenge website to learn more and see the full results of the 2018 competition

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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