Guests of Castello Banfi in Tuscany on a hot summer day are sometimes greeted with a glass of this classic method sparkling wine. If ever there was a perfect pairing of wine to place, this lighthearted, fresh and smooth sparkler would be it.
Toasted wheat bread, bacon and clove add interest to the nose, which is robust and loaded with black fruit. The palate is complex enough to trigger some intrigue: Cinnamon, butter and licorice support the dark fruit nicely. The finish is smoothly textured, and there’s an airy quality to it. Quite meaty and solid, with a firm core. —M.S.
Tobacco and herb accents play off cherry fruit on the slightly muted nose of this medium-weight wine. Plum, chocolate and wood flavors mark the slightly lean palate. Finishes dry, with cocoa and tea notes.
This unique red sparkler from Piedmont offers cherry and earth aromas before turning lighter on the palate, with slightly sweet strawberry flavors and a soft mousse. Aunique wine, the finish has nice length and appealingly full fruit flavors that have appeal even to serious wine drinkers.
A fair amount of sweet character comes off the nose, primarily chocolate, berry jam and sugar beet. In the mouth, there’s additional milk chocolate alongside dried fruit, herbs and a hint of citrus. Finishes solid but with starchy tannins. There’s also some marshmallow sweetness to the aftertaste.
A basic wine that’s in proportion. The bouquet offers bacon, menthol and rubber along with nuances of espresso and modest complexity. Boysenberry and blackberry flavors carry notes of cinnamon and vanilla, while the feel is soft yet substantive. Not a thriller, but eminently drinkable.
A succulent, chewy Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a pretty ruby color and intense aromas of coffee, tar, leather and toasted wood. The tannins are still a bit raw and beg for hearty meat. Tightly packed cherry and blackberry linger over a long finish. Castello Banfi performs the extraordinary vintage after vintage: It’s almost a one million…
Here is a very attractive Chianti Classico from Banfi (of Brunello di Montalcino fame) with a rich bouquet of cherry, wild berry and exotic spice. It is a delicate wine with background shadings of Spanish cedar and root beer that linger on the finish.