★ Good Wine “Medium ruby colour. Faint aroma of dried cherries and violets. Palate is medium bodied with waxy tannins behind dried cherry, redcurrants, blackcurrant, and clove. Soft and Italian in its savoury impression as far as texture goes. The fruit is approachable even now (2022) and is a good time to drink it.“
Varietal Sangiovese with 14.5% abv. Fermented on skins for 7-10 days in oak and stainless steel before 12 months’ maturation in oak barrique.
Grown in: Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, ITALY.
Firstly I opened this, with no real breathing time, to have with pasta. It paired fairly well, with the salty Provolone di Monaco DOC cheese taking the edge off the savoury tannins and bringing out bright red fruits. In the afternoon, I enjoyed it by the glass. Once the palate has softened to the waxy style of rustic tannin, it was a bright and pleasurable red to while away the afternoon.
Disclosure & Price
Purchased for 19€ in Minori at a wine shop opposite our hotel while on honeymoon, before enjoying it at our villa in Sorrento a few days later. You can find in Italy for around 15-20€ (Find on wine-searcher.com here).
Reviewed and tasted: 22 July 2022
About the Producer
Castello Banfi is a large Tuscan producer releasing some 10m bottles per year. The estate was founded in 1978 and today has 850 hectares under vine. The wines are made by enologist Rudy Banfi.