2020 Castello Banfi Cum Laude
The grapes of the Cum Laude come from the Estate vineyards, located on the southern slopes of Montalcino. The Syrah grapes come from vineyards at 120 meters above sea level and those of the Sangiovese at 230 meters. The grapes, all separately, first undergo a cold soaking, followed by the alcoholic fermentation, about 2 days, and then the malolatic fermentation and aging, 6 months, of the wine in oak barrels. After this, the blend is created. The wine is then aged for a further 6 months or wood, after which it is bottled and aged in the bottle for a further 6 manads. This is one of those famous Super Tuscans that gave Italian wines a new boost in the 1980s. The result is a dark red wine with aromas of black currants, plums, olives, tobacco. Due to the wood aging, the tannins are soft. The Cum Laude comes from the so-called Linea Sant'Antimo series. 92/100 Sucking
Brunello di Montalcino is a special wine region, but within Brunello Banfi is a special winery. About 800 hectares of vineyards have been planted on the estate of no less than 2830 hectares, making Castello Banfi by far the largest and most important producer of Brunello di Montalcino. In addition, all kinds of other wines are made based on the region's own grapes or imported grape varieties such as chardonnay or pinot grigio. The estate is dominated by a beautifully restored medieval castle, which houses a glass museum, a wine shop and two restaurants. This makes it more than worth a visit.
Castello Banfi belongs to the Italian world top and comes from Tuscany. In fact, Banfi's success story begins as early as 1919. In that year John F. Mariani, an American with Italian blood, starts his wine business Banfi Vintners in New York. More than 50 years later, his sons, John and Harry, venture to Tuscany and start one of the most spectacular adventures in Italian wine history. With American bravura and entrepreneurial spirit, they bought the medieval castle Poggio alle Mura near the town of Montalcino and brought the old vineyards back to life. In the mid-1970s, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's best oenologists, joined the team. The 'Banfi' project paid off sooner than expected. Castello Banfi (as the company has been officially called since 1984) managed to create the ideal conditions for the different grape varieties in many places.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||92|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|