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Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby-red with rich notes of cherries, plums and iris. Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity and a lingering finish.

Perfect with flavorful roasts, pastas and cheeses.

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JS 92
James Suckling

Deliciously savory, with notes of tar, dark chocolate, olives, currants and sun-dried tomatoes. Medium-bodied with fine, almost silky tannins, accompanied by bright acidity and salty minerality. Fresh finish. Drink now or hold

WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2018 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva is formidable without being over-the-top. Its palate presence is commendable. TASTING NOTES: This wine shines with aromas and flavors of black fruit and exotic spices. Try it with a well-spiced, oven-roasted Porchetta. (Tasted: July 27, 2022, San Francisco, CA)
WS 89
Wine Spectator

This is hitting its stride, exuding floral aromas and flavors, along with succulent cherry and raspberry fruit. Balanced, leaving an aftertaste of red fruit and herbs. Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.

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Castello Banfi, Italy
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Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. This award-winning estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking. Dedication to excellence has won the approval of aficionados the world over. Capturing honor after prestigious honor, Castello Banfi is a constellation of single vineyards encompassing over three dozen varying subsoils. The estate is renowned for its clonal research that allows noble grape varieties to thrive in their optimal terroir, creating not only a consistently outstanding Brunello, but the ultimate expression of Montalcino Super Tuscans.

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Tuscany, Italy

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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.

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