Banfi Chianti Classico
Ruby red color. Intense bouquet with varietal notes of cherry, plum and violet. Fresh and balanced with rich flavors, supple tannins and good acidity. A wine for every dish' matches meat dishes superbly.
$20.00 / Bottle $240.00 / Case
Castello Banfi winery is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Castello Banfi’s dedication to excellence in all aspects has won the approval of aficionados the world over, capturing honor after prestigious honor. A constellation of single vineyards encompassing over three dozen varying subsoils, the Castello Banfi estate is renowned for its work to weave noble grape varieties with their optimal terroir and over two decades of unprecedented research to isolate a selection of superior clones of the native Sangiovese to produce consistently outstanding Brunello.
Central to the property is a medieval castle meticulously restored as a hospitality center. It is a rarity among Italian wine estates, not just because of its size (some 7,100 acres, of which around 2,400 are planted with vines), its composition of single vineyards, or its state-of-the-art winery, but because it was started from scratch less than 20 years ago.
Most of the land was covered with forest and brush when the Mariani family found it; nevertheless, they recognized that the site was exactly what they had been searching for. John and Harry Mariani, successful American importers, joined forces with Italy's leading enologist, Ezio Rivella; their objective was to produce top-quality wine on a scale never before attempted in Italy.
The 4,500 acres that they first found were near Montalcino, and eligible for the DOCG of Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most prestigious of all Italian wines. By great good luck the adjacent estate, of 2,600 acres, became available shortly afterwards. The 11th century castle was the final purchase, and was acquired in 1984. The estate was renamed Castello Banfi. The land was planted to vines in only a few places; elsewhere the only crops were corn and olives. But there are abundant south-facing slopes overlooking a valley bottom that, 40 million years ago, was under the sea.