Saturday, March 29, 2008

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nose slowly opens with cherry, currants, and earthiness

Moderately dark, dense core of fruit on the palate

Finish of berries, black cherry, minerals, and a touch of spice

While this wine is enjoyable now, I don't think it has fully come together. I was honestly a bit disappointed with this bottle.

If you have some, I'd suggest a few more years in the cellar. If you must open it now, try decanting several hours before you drink it. Also, be smart about the food pairing. A rich cream sauce or a heavy steak might overwhelm this wine. It has some subtleties that will show better with slightly lighter fare.

A typical price for this wine is $55. We paid $120 recently at a restaurant. Raise a glass!

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