Wine at Castello di Banfi
On a random weekend in October when we had some friends visiting, we took a little getaway trip to Montalcino. Our first stop on the night we arrived was the Banfi winery, where we managed to slip in right before they closed.
We tasted 7 wines. (Banfi Wine Brochure)
The first set was the classics of Montalcino: Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello (high end wine Montalcino is famous for), and Brunello Poggio Alle Mura.
Rosso di Montalcino is generally a nice wine – but I think in this situation it didn’t really have a chance. Our favorite in this group was the Poggio alle Mura which is a Brunello from a single vineyard.
The second set was SuperTuscans. SuperTuscans are wines that don’t follow any of the Italian regulations … but that allow the wineries to experiment. We tried Cum Laude, Summus, and Excelsus. Summus was our favorite in that group.
The last wine was 20 Euro for one taste … but we split it among the four of us just to have the experience. That was the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro, 2001. I recall it being wonderful … but since I’m never going to taste it again, I decided not to fall in love. Bottles go for around 100 Euro … and that’s at the winery. I suspect they’ll cost more wherever I’m likely to find them next.
Banfi is a large wine producer, so they have a pretty serious wine tasting operation … and also they were the only place we had information on that would actually do a tasting as late as we arrived. :) We were the very last people in there, but the guy who did our tasting was still very nice and willing to talk with us about the wines. Unfortunately we couldn’t tour the winery because I think they only do that during the week, but it was a perfect little introduction to Montalcino.