2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
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JS 95 WA 94 WE 92 WS 92 JD 91
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, November 2020

Lots of plum and dark-berry character with citrus, cedar and sandalwood. Very pure sangiovese. Full-bodied with firm, racy tannins and cool, vivid fruit at the finish. Some mineral, tar and steel undertones. Needs time to...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2020

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino offers clean and pristine fruit and otherwise delivers a textbook interpretation of the vintage. Given the large extension of vineyards farmed by this estate, which is located on the...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Camphor, rose and new leather aromas form the nose along with a whiff of baking spice on this vibrant red. Polished and taut, the savory palate offers spiced cranberry, red cherry and star anise before finishing on a...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, June 2021

A rich, earthy style that offers plum, cherry, iron and cigar box flavors, with plenty of power. Broad in profile, ends with savory elements of forest floor and wild herbs. Best from 2023 through 2040. – BS
JD 91

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

The 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino was aged for two years in French oak, 20% of which was in barriques. Its aromatics of ripe black cherry, baking spice, tobacco, cedar, and dusty earth are followed by a...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
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.

The 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a captivating red wine that exemplifies the excellence of Sangiovese Grosso. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, this wine is a true masterpiece from Tuscany, Italy.

Upon pouring, the wine displays a beautiful ruby hue that shimmers in the glass. Aromas of ripe plum and dark berry immediately entice the senses, followed by subtle notes of citrus, cedar, and sandalwood. The bouquet is pure and inviting, showcasing the true character of Sangiovese.

On the palate, this Brunello di Montalcino reveals its full-bodied nature and firm, racy tannins. The fruit is cool and vivid, providing a refreshing and lively experience. As the wine lingers, hints of mineral, tar, and steel emerge, adding complexity and depth. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points. He describes it as a pure Sangiovese with firm tannins and cool, vivid fruit. Suckling suggests that the wine will benefit from further aging and recommends enjoying it after 2023.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also praises this Brunello di Montalcino, awarding it a score of 94 points. The reviewer appreciates the clean and pristine fruit, along with the authentic representation of the vintage. The wine exhibits sharp and focused fruit, accompanied by leather, potting soil, and balsam herb notes.

The 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino was aged for two years in French oak, with 20% of the aging taking place in barriques. Jeb Dunnuck, a respected wine critic, rates this wine with 91 points. He highlights the aromatics of ripe black cherry, baking spice, tobacco, cedar, and dusty earth. The palate is medium-bodied, showcasing dried cherry, black tea, and fresh tomato leaf flavors.

Wine Enthusiast gives this wine a score of 92 points, praising its camphor, rose, and new leather aromas. The palate offers spiced cranberry, red cherry, and star anise flavors, finishing on a delightful coffee note. The balanced support is provided by lithe, refined tannins and fresh acidity.

Lastly, Wine Spectator rates this Brunello di Montalcino with 92 points, describing it as a rich, earthy style wine. Plum, cherry, iron, and cigar box flavors dominate the palate, showcasing power and depth. The savory elements of forest floor and wild herbs add further complexity to the wine.

Overall, the 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino is a remarkable wine that embodies the essence of its terroir. With its impressive scores and outstanding characteristics, this wine is a must-have for any wine enthusiast. Enjoy it now or cellar it for further development.