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91 Points

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 13 pabv., bottled by Banfi SaSrl, Montalcino, Italy. Importer Banfi Vineyards, Old Brookville, NY. $19/750 ml.

Cork finished; teary when tasted from Riedel Chianti. Deeper, duskier for type than usual; brick with purple overlay.

Upon opening and immediate double-decant: A cherry/plum juice nose and mouthful, with a full blast of tannin. Very popular with the Vestry Dinner crowd at Trinity, Troy, OH--went throught 2 bottles.

At 72 hours: Plum and dried sweet-sour cherry, mineralic, with bakeshop aromas.

Full in texture, well extracted, sour cherry and slight matchstick minerality; supple tannins and cherry/European oak notes on finish, but not at all overdone. Great with the strong cheeses I brought along, especially the fine Reggiano. I'd drink it now for the fruit, but the minerality gives promise for another 3 to 5 years. Drink now-2017.

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