2004 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - - Ruby color and abundant floral aromas of violet and blueberries. It's very balanced and has notes of cedar, dried mushrooms, italian herbs and dark red fruits with a nice lingering acidity. Medium bodied with a Polished texture and smooth tannins. Medium to long finish and better than expected. 91 pts.
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Consistently good but never great. I've stopped buying them. Too much other good BDM in that price range lately.

I did open up one of these about a year ago however and my sister in law said it was the best wine she's ever had. She loves Italian wine too. Personally I thought it was a 91 or 92. To each their own I guess.
I must say, I am not the biggest fan of Italian Wines. I wish I was.. I was plesently impressed while at the SF Cabernet Shootout a few weekends ago while I was pouring for my winery. I tasted a 2006 Brunello by Patroni Winery,in Sonoma County.It was beautiful, I ordered a few bottles the following week. So there is still hope for me! Nice Notes!
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Originally posted by Icewino:
Consistently good but never great. I've stopped buying them. Too much other good BDM in that price range lately.

I did open up one of these about a year ago however and my sister in law said it was the best wine she's ever had. She loves Italian wine too. Personally I thought it was a 91 or 92. To each their own I guess.


I agree, not a "great" brunello worth paying $60, but i've found it for $45 and at that price i think it is a very good buy.
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Originally posted by Audrey Shannon:
I must say, I am not the biggest fan of Italian Wines. I wish I was.. I was plesently impressed while at the SF Cabernet Shootout a few weekends ago while I was pouring for my winery. I tasted a 2006 Brunello by Patroni Winery,in Sonoma County.It was beautiful, I ordered a few bottles the following week. So there is still hope for me! Nice Notes!


Interesting, can't say I have had a Brunello not from Montalcino.
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Originally posted by Jay Miller:
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Originally posted by Audrey Shannon:
I must say, I am not the biggest fan of Italian Wines. I wish I was.. I was plesently impressed while at the SF Cabernet Shootout a few weekends ago while I was pouring for my winery. I tasted a 2006 Brunello by Patroni Winery,in Sonoma County.It was beautiful, I ordered a few bottles the following week. So there is still hope for me! Nice Notes!


Interesting, can't say I have had a Brunello not from Montalcino.

Actually, nobody can.
That may not be correct. I had the same thoughts as well.How can you call it that? But Patroni was actually involved in a law suite for using the name, sued by the main family in Italy. Which stopped production for awhile. This was in the local papers a few years back. http://www.winesandvines.com/t...n=news&content=54013 The family owned winery flew up the members from Italy when they were challenge. And guess what now they are allowed to Label as"Brunello di Sonoma". Please read.
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Originally posted by Audrey Shannon:
That may not be correct. I had the same thoughts as well.How can you call it that? But Patroni was actually involved in a law suite for using the name, sued by the main family in Italy. Which stopped production for awhile. This was in the local papers a few years back. http://www.winesandvines.com/t...n=news&content=54013 The family owned winery flew up the members from Italy when they were challenge. And guess what now they are allowed to Label as"Brunello di Sonoma". Please read.


Thanks for the insight Audrey,
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Originally posted by Audrey Shannon:
That may not be correct. I had the same thoughts as well.How can you call it that? But Patroni was actually involved in a law suite for using the name, sued by the main family in Italy. Which stopped production for awhile. This was in the local papers a few years back. http://www.winesandvines.com/t...n=news&content=54013 The family owned winery flew up the members from Italy when they were challenge. And guess what now they are allowed to Label as"Brunello di Sonoma". Please read.

Just because the US continues to allow misrepresentations that are banned in the rest of the first world countries, that does not make a fake the real thing.
  • 2004 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (2/16/2014)
    I think this is at its prime. Light red/orange brick color at the edges with a bright cherry core. Nose of dry autumn leaves, dry plums, mild vanilla bean and leather. This has something else i can't quite figure out, perhaps damp dry herbs. Palate is similar to the nose but lacks depth and concentration. Otherwise it would be a great wine. Very enjoyable though. (90 pts.)

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