Red

1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Montalcino
  • Brunello di Montalcino
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Community Tasting Notes 253

  • BigGDaddy Likes this wine: 98 points

    October 5, 2019 - This bottle was extraordinary. Decanted for 2 hours—but tasted it throughout—but this transformed into perhaps the best Brunello I have had. Easily trumped the 2004 Valdicava —which was beautiful but had not harmonized to the same level. I have not had great luck with older wines—15 years is typically my stopping point, but everyone told me Banfi Brunellos in particular age very well. I’ve not really enjoyed any of them as much as the 2010 until now. And now I believe the advice.

    So I have the 2001, 04-06–07-08-09-10-11-12-13 and am going to age them all 15-20 years and hope I’m still around to drink them. Because if they can come together like this ‘97 I’m gonna be very very happy.

  • spendergast Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 13, 2019 - Decanted 2hrs.. This wine continues to drink well although probably fully matured now. Dark garnet, full bodied with notes of candied cherries, cassis, game with well integrated tannins. Long satisfying finish.

  • firstgrowth Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 8, 2019 - With lasagna from Pizza of Venice Altadena Ca. Took an hour to start to mellow and then became really nice & smooth. Still young if you wait- first taste after opening was tainted but that blew off after an hour.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Ron Slye wrote: 91 points

    October 27, 2018 - Still drinking beautifully. A bit less than the Fontallaro, but still lovely.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Dvogt wrote: 96 points

    August 27, 2018 - In a great place. Incredible life left in this.

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  • By Edward Beltrami
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/28/2015 (link) 92 points

    (Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino) Bricking very dark red violet color; aromatic, mature, dried berry, saline, coffee, roast beef nose; mature, savory, dried mushroom, beef jus, iodine palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/4/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino) Mature spicy plum and dried black fruit nose; very tasty, dried plum and berry palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Castello Banfi
  • Varietal Sangiovese
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Montalcino
  • Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
  • UPC Codes 000000027892, 080516044248, 080516044258, 3023674530168, 8015674530168, 8054181280913

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,567 (53%)
  • Consumed 2,236 (46%)

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