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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Deep red. Enticing floral notes complicate the nose of ripe red cherry, smoked sausage, bay leaf and a nuance of raw red meat. Then clean, fresh and long, showing a savory, almost metallic quality on the long, mountingly austere finish. This very serious Brunello strikes me as being less perfumed and sweet than past vintages […]

Date posted: April 10, 2018

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

This wine is only produced in select vintages. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio All’Oro is an exuberant and robustly embellished wine that gives ample airtime to its various constituents. The fruit, the spice, the structure and the freshness are all played up and ultimately find seamless integration to become one big happy whole. […]

Date posted: March 23, 2018

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Castello Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) Poggio all’Oro 2007 ($140, Cru Artisan Wines): When Castello Banfi purchased land and established a winery in Montalcino in the late 1970s, the locals nervously joked that they would ruin Brunello’s reputation by bottling it under screw top — they were (and still are) the USA importer […]

Date posted: September 2, 2014

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

A much more masculine wine, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro is all about power. Smoke, tar, licorice, game and leather wrap around a deep, powerful core of fruit. There is little of the seductiveness of the Poggio alle Mura, instead this is a wine of pure power and masculine intensity. Anticipated maturity: […]

Date posted: July 24, 2013

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

“Castello Banfi delivers a sophisticated and elegant expression with pretty highlights of dark fruit, cassis, crushed spice and even a dusting of black pepper. This classy riserva delivers dark concentration, polished tannins, balanced acidity and long fruit-driven persistency. Best in 5–10 years.” – Monica Larner

Date posted: April 25, 2013

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro emerges from the glass with black cherries, licorice, smoke, new leather and spices, all supported by firm, powerful tannins. The 2006 has plenty of focus and length, but the quality of the tannins is rooted in the approach to vinification that was used here prior to 2007. […]

Date posted: March 14, 2013

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Bright full red. Mellow aromas of raspberry, dried flowers and smoky oak. Silky and seamless in the mouth but not overly sweet, with harmonious acidity giving shape and grip to the deep flavors of red berries and smoky underbrush. A bit more old-fashioned in style than the spicier 2007 Poggio Alle Mura, finishing with very […]

Date posted: March 8, 2013

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Castello Banfi Poggio all'Oro 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Poggio all’Oro (a wine only produced in the best vintages) is a sophisticated and austere Brunello with just a tiny dab of sweet spice and red rose aromas on the bouquet. Beyond those are steady, savory pulses of tobacco, leather and dark cedar. The wine is plush, textured and rich, with a polished firmness that […]

Date posted: March 8, 2013

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