Poggio all’Oro (a wine only produced in the best vintages) is a sophisticated and austere Brunello with just a tiny dab of sweet spice and red rose aromas on the bouquet. Beyond those are steady, savory pulses of tobacco, leather and dark cedar. The wine is plush, textured and rich, with a polished firmness that keeps it grounded on the palate.
Castello Banfi delivers a sophisticated and elegant expression with pretty highlights of dark fruit, cassis, crushed spice and even a dusting of black pepper. This classy riserva delivers dark concentration, polished tannins, balanced acidity and long fruit-driven persistency. Best in 5–10 years.
The last time this special Riserva was produced was in 1999. Only produced in excellent vintages, the 2004 expression shows amazing concentration, balance, complexity, depth and personality. Aromas include black cherry, cola, light smoke, graphite and moist tobacco. The mouthfeel is deep, penetrating and long lasting with tight but polished tannins. Drink after 2015.
Smooth and lush, with a ton of berry, cherry and smoke character. Supremely ripe and full, with chocolate and spice mixed into the prime cherry/berry palate. This is a wine for anyone who simply loves wine; maybe it isn’t ultra-complex but there’s no arguing about its polish and style. It’s incredibly round and likable. Imported by Banfi Vintners.
Rock solid and compact. This wine is true-blue Brunello, meant to be cellared for 10 or more years. Flavors of plum, cherry and currant are pure, and there’s far more fruit here than wood. But the tannins are like nails and they get harder and harder with each sip. Yes, it’s a top-flight Brunello, but hold, for best results, until 2010.
Exhibits a deep, black-cherry aroma tinged with balsam fir. Intensely concentrated but tannic, this is a wine to lay away for a few years. Opens up nicely in the glass to reveal cedary, tobacco complexities. Very promising and somewhat forward; should be ready by 2005.