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Aug 16, 2007 01:11 PM

Tasting Notes 2001 Banfi - Brunello di Montalcino

Need some tasting notes on this. I know - not as good as the 97 but this is what I have right now. Having some friends over from Toscana and what a better way than serving them up a Brunello made my Americans. Any notes on how this is opening up?

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    1. Source: Wine Advocate # 168 Dec 2006
      Reviewer: Antonio Galloni
      Rating: 89
      Maturity: Drink 2008 - 2016
      Current (Release) Cost: $55-$80 (71)

      2001 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
      A Sangiovese Grosso Dry Red Table wine from Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

      A dark ruby, the estate’s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino offers notes of super-ripe dark fruit, flowers, spices, chocolate, sweet oak and underbrush with a round, supple personality, excellent concentration as well as length, and fine tannins. It will benefit from a few years of cellaring and drink well to at least age 15. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016. Importer: Banfi Vintners, Glen Head, NY; tel. (516) 626-9200

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      1. Could you clarify what you mean by "Brunello made my Americans"? Thanks!

        4 Replies
        1. re: Chinon00

          i think it's a typo. Should read, "Brunello made by Americans"

          1. re: mengathon

            I read it as you typed it above (but cut and pasted as written). Banfi Brunello is made by Americans?

            1. re: Chinon00

              Yes. The Mariani family, who owns Banfi Vintners, got in the wine business in New York around 1920.

              As to Brunello made by Americans, perhaps the OP could clarify. Is vision20 referring to some irony or sense of pride? Out of context, the phrase "Brunello made by Americans" sounds like an insult.

              1. re: maria lorraine

                It's a typo my=by, and I was being sarcastic. Castello Banfi has a great reputation as a producer. Just a different American/Italian heritage as opposed to say Biondi-Santi. Anyways, happy drinking! After decanting for about an hour, the wine opened up quite nicely. A little firm, but I had some Italian visitors and everyone seemed to be happy.