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Critics Love Banfi Wines

Need assistance choosing a wine? You might take the advice of a professional wine critic. Better yet, what if you could tap the advice of over a dozen critics?

Turns out you can!

No less than 15 seasoned wine critics and experts judged over 1400 wines from around the world at the 2017 Critics Challenge, deciding which were worthy of medals.

The esteemed panel included Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Master Sommelier Wayne Belding, Robert Whitley, Michael Cervin, Laurie Daniel, Michael Franz, Panos Kakaviatos, Ed McCarthy, Linda Murphy, Rebecca Murphy, Nick Passmore, Joe Roberts, Leslie Sbrocco, Jeff Siegel, and Deborah Parker-Wong. Essentially, an All-Star roster of wine experts! (You can read bios on all of the judges here.)

So what wines from the Banfi portfolio did the experts deem medal-worthy? Here’s the list:

Banfi / Castello Banfi

Critics Platinum Banfi Centine Rosso 2014 95 Points
Critics Gold Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2014 94 Points
Critics Gold Banfi Chianti DOCG Superiore 2015 94 Points
Critics Gold Banfi Chianti Classico 2014 91 Points
Critics Gold Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 93 Points
Critics Gold Banfi ASKA Bolgheri Rosso 2013 91 Points
Critics Silver Castello Banfi BelnerO 2013
Critics Silver Castello Banfi Cum Laude 2013
Critics Silver Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2016
Critics Silver Banfi Centine Bianco 2015
Critics Silver Banfi Centine Rose 2016
Critics Silver Banfi Brut NV Metodo Classico
Critics Silver Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Brachetto d’Acqui 2016
Critics Silver Banfi Cuvee Aurora Rose Brut 2011
Critics Silver Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2016

Bolla

Critics Gold Bolla Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011 94 Points
Critics Gold Bolla Creso 2011 91 Points
Critics Gold Bolla Valpolicella Ripasso 2013 91 Points
Critics Silver Bolla Torr’Alta 2012
Critics Silver Bolla Prosecco
Critics Silver Bolla Sparkling Rose

Emiliana

Critics Silver Emiliana Coyam 2013
Critics Silver Natura Rose 2016
Critics Silver Natura Carmenere 2015

Florio

Critics Platinum Florio Fine Marsala Dry (Ambra Secco) 95 Points

Maschio

Critics Silver Maschio Prosecco Brut
Critics Silver Maschio Sparkling Rose

Pacific Rim

Critics Gold Pacific Rim Riesling “J” 2015 91 Points
Critics Silver Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc, Hahn Hill Vineyard 2015
Critics Silver Pacific Rim Gruner Veltliner, Spring Creek Vineyard 2015
Critics Silver Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2015

Riunite

Critics Silver Riunite Lambrusco

Sartori di Verona

Critics Gold Sartori Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013 92 Points
Critics Gold Sartori Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2013 91 Points
Critics Silver Sartori L’Appassione 2013

Unparalleled

Critics Gold Unparalleled Rose Cuvee, Coteaux Varois En Provence 2016 94 Points
Critics Gold Unparalleled Tempranillo Rioja 2013 92 Points

Click on the wines to learn more about them, including where to buy.

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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 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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