2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura
Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura
  • JS 97
  • WA 95
  • JD 94
  • VN 92
  • WS 92
  • WE 92

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JS 97
jamessuckling.com, September 2020
Lots of dried bark, cinnamon stick, forest floor and earth add to an impression of dried cherries and sandalwood. But there are also hints of caramelized oranges and preserved lemons. The attack on the palate takes...   Lots of dried bark, cinnamon stick, forest floor and earth add to an impression of dried cherries and sandalwood. But there are also hints of caramelized oranges and preserved lemons. The attack on the palate takes immediate effect; the powerful tannins pucker the edges of the mouth with imposing depth, but equally fascinating detail. This is a robust, take-no-hostages style of Brunello with a modern twist of finesse and tension. Drink from 2025.  
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2020
The Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura offers a distinct identity that is recognized by the natural thickness and density of the wine. Warm vintage conditions in 2015 that favor more concentrated...   The Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura offers a distinct identity that is recognized by the natural thickness and density of the wine. Warm vintage conditions in 2015 that favor more concentrated fruit make this even more apparent. However, the palate is relatively mild mannered and tight. Black fruit, plum and blackberry roll off the tongue. Those fruity tones are followed by dark spice, balsam herb and a touch of savory barbecue spice. Unlike the classic Brunello from Castello Banfi, the Poggio alle Mura sees more contact with French barrique. Only 40% of the total is aged in botte, and 60% goes into smaller French barrels. The wine was bottled in April 2019 and will be released one year later in April 2020. Some 60,000 bottles were produced.- ML  
JD 94
jebdunnuck.com, March 2021
Only produced in exceptional vintages, the 2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva was aged for 30 months in 30% in large French oak casks and 70% in French oak barriques. Expressive aromatics of black cherry cola, balsamic, and...   Only produced in exceptional vintages, the 2015 Poggio alle Mura Riserva was aged for 30 months in 30% in large French oak casks and 70% in French oak barriques. Expressive aromatics of black cherry cola, balsamic, and sweet tobacco are followed by a generous mid-palate of sun ripened cherry and baked earth, with silky tannins and warming baking spice on the finish. There is serious structure here that is offset by the sunniness of the fruit, making it somewhat approachable in the near future. Cellaring for a couple years should be rewarded over the following 15 years.  
VN 92
Vinous, April 2020
Bright medium dark ruby. Rich aromas of strawberry and orange peel, with a whiff of both violet and raisin. Suave in texture, with clean and energetic redcurrant and tobacco flavors. Deeper and richer than the 2015...   Bright medium dark ruby. Rich aromas of strawberry and orange peel, with a whiff of both violet and raisin. Suave in texture, with clean and energetic redcurrant and tobacco flavors. Deeper and richer than the 2015 Castello Banfi Brunello, this closes fine-grained and mellow. One of the best Poggio alle Mura Brunellos I have ever tasted (which is saying something, because I have almost always found this wine to be - to my Sangiovese taste, at least - always much too peppery and herbal). Well done. -- Ian D'Agata  
WS 92
Wine Spectator, June 2020
In an unusual twist of fate for 2015, the burly tannins cover the cherry and plum fruit, lending this a monolithic impression. The grip is not astringent, however, and this features ample fruit in the end. Finishes with a...   In an unusual twist of fate for 2015, the burly tannins cover the cherry and plum fruit, lending this a monolithic impression. The grip is not astringent, however, and this features ample fruit in the end. Finishes with a touch of heat, along with iron and tobacco accents. Best from 2023 through 2040. – BS  
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast, July 2020
This full-bodied red has aromas of French oak, camphor and a whiff of roasted coffee bean. Tightly knit and youthfully austere, the palate offers sour cherry, orange zest, licorice and a note of dried sage alongside firm...   This full-bodied red has aromas of French oak, camphor and a whiff of roasted coffee bean. Tightly knit and youthfully austere, the palate offers sour cherry, orange zest, licorice and a note of dried sage alongside firm, close-grained tannins that grip the close. Drink 2023–2030. - KERIN O’KEEFE  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

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.