1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura
Sangiovese Grosso - 1.5L
  • WS 94

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Wine Spectator, May 2004
Not giving away much right now but it's concentrated and deep. Full-bodied with silky tannins and a long caressing finish. A beauty. Give this time. Best after 2006. 10000 cases made. –JS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 1999

Label

The result of more than two decades of experimental research, Banfi’s Poggio alle Mura is a superb example of the best synthesis of terroir, selection and technological innovation. Estate-bottled from the splendid sun drenched vineyard adjacent to the Castello, this Brunello encompasses a full body and complexity unique to the genre.

Positioned on the hillside at about 700 feet, the vines were planted in 1992 on dedicated vineyards sloping down from the historic Poggio alle Mura Castle which crowns the estate.

Sangiovese, 100% varietal but with various clones, is macerated for 12-13 days. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks. About 90% of the wine is aged for 2 years in French oak barriques, manufactured according to Banfi’s specifications, and the remaining 10% in Slavonian oak casks. Before release, the wine is bottle-aged for an additional 12 months.

Winery

Castello Banfi

Castello Banfi, a family-owned wine estate in the Tuscany region, was founded in 1978 by Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani.

The Banfi territory encompasses 7,100 acres of land in Montalcino, of which about one third is planted with Sangiovese, Moscadello and other notable varieties on extremely rich and uniform soils of clay and calcium.

Banfi Piedmont was founded with the acquisition of the historic Bruzzone winery. The holdings there extend between the towns of Novi Ligure and Acqui over an area of 124 acres of which 114 are under vine.

The Banfi vineyards in Bolgheri, located south of Castagneto Carducci, give life to the prized Aska, bringing together intensity, roundness and structure.

Banfi also manages 100 acres of specialized vineyard in Chianti which bequeaths wines that bring together structure, elegance, and typical Tuscan personality.