Vineyards Dedicated vineyards sloping down from the historic Poggio alle Mura Castle crowning our estate. We chose this area, particularly suited to growing Sangiovese,to plant the first vineyard resulting from over a decade of research to isolate the optimal selection of clones to produce consistently outstanding Brunello di Montalcino. The vines were planted in 1992.
Winemaking The grape harvest is followed by a maceration of 12-14 days. Temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation (27-29°C) takes place in the Horizon hybrid stainless steel and wood tanks. 90% of the wine is aged for 2 years in French oak barriques and the remaining 10% in large casks. Before release, the wine is bottle-aged for an additional 12 months.
Tasting Notes The color is deep red, with garnet nuances. The bouquet is rich with notes of plum jam, coffee, cocoa and mildly balsamic aromas. On the palate, the wine is extremely powerful and full, while at the same time smooth and harmonious, with ripe and gentle tannins. It has a very long finish, thanks to its big structure perfect for long aging.
Additional Notes Exceptional year for the debut of this Riserva which rounds out the family of our Poggio alle Mura cru. For the Castello Banfi estate this harvest inaugurated our new micro-vinification winery-within-a-winery. Here, the passionate attention to detail that has always distinguished us has yielded a more harmonious, rich, and opulent style.