2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio All'Oro Riserva

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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WA 96 WE 96 JS 95 JD 95 WS 94 VN 93 DC 91
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2020

The Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all'Oro is the top-shelf wine and shows careful integration and well-managed intensity. It opens to tart berry fruit, cassis and sour cherry. As it reveals...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Forest-floor, new leather and pipe-tobacco aromas mingle with notes of violet and coffee bean. Elegantly structured, the taut, savory palate doles out ripe black cherry, blackberry jam, licorice and a hint of espresso...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, November 2020

Mixed-cherry, floral and crushed-stone aromas. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Linear and tight with a line of fine tannins that holds this all together. Iodine and mushroom notes come through. Try after...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

The 2015 Poggio all’Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is only produced in exceptional vintages and was aged for 30 months in 70% large French oak casks and 30% in French oak barriques. It reveals smoky aromatics of...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, June 2021

Balsamic notes of pine, tobacco and Scotch broom gain the upper hand over the strawberry and cherry fruit in this red, at present. Tightly wound, an intense core of fruit persists through the mostly savory finish. Best...
VN 93

Vinous, November 2020

The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva takes some time to open up in the glass, as a cloud of white smoke and subtle spice slowly dissipates. A few minutes of coaxing reveals dried black cherries, sweet...
DC 91

Decanter, November 2021

With the switch to predominantly large casks, ageing in wood was increased from 30 months to 42 for 2015. This vintage also saw a prolonged long maceration of 30 days given the high phenolic ripeness. Still in the throes...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Allow me to introduce the exquisite 2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio All'Oro Riserva. With its deep red color and captivating aromas, this wine is a true gem from the renowned region of Tuscany, Italy.

Upon pouring, the wine reveals itself with elegance and allure. The nose is greeted with nuances of liquorice and plum, creating a somewhat candied aroma that is both intriguing and inviting. The initial impression is deceptively gentle, but as the wine envelops the palate, it unleashes a symphony of flavors and textures.

Vigorous tannins and layers of ripe black plum and prune cake dance on the tongue, offering a complex and harmonious experience. Subtle hints of toast and mocha add depth to the wine without overpowering its natural essence. This Brunello di Montalcino Riserva truly showcases the exceptional quality of Sangiovese Grosso grapes.

Renowned wine experts have praised this vintage for its remarkable qualities. Decanter awarded it a score of 91, noting its attractive and appealing nature, although they found it somewhat straightforward at this stage. Meanwhile, James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 95, praising its mixed-cherry, floral, and crushed-stone aromas, as well as its firm tannins and fresh finish.

Jeb Dunnuck also awarded this wine a score of 95, describing it as luxurious and contemplative. They highlighted the smoky aromatics of cedar, dried black cherry, and dark mineral earth, as well as the ripe, velvety tannins and notes of black tea and clove.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate bestowed a score of 96 upon this exceptional wine. They emphasized its careful integration, well-managed intensity, and the balance and harmony of its various elements.

Vinous also praised this Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, awarding it a score of 93. They highlighted its slow-opening nature, revealing dried black cherries, sweet flowery perfumes, and hints of tobacco. The wine's silky texture, fine-grained tannins, and beautiful balance were also commended.

Wine Enthusiast joined in the chorus of acclaim with a score of 96. They noted the forest-floor, new leather, and pipe-tobacco aromas, as well as the ripe black cherry, blackberry jam, and licorice flavors. The wine's elegant structure, polished tannins, and tangy acidity were also lauded.

Lastly, Wine Spectator awarded this wine a score of 94, praising its intense core of fruit and its persistence on the palate.

The 2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio All'Oro Riserva is a wine of exceptional quality and character. Its ability to captivate the senses and evolve with age makes it a true treasure for any wine enthusiast. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine promises an unforgettable experience.