Castello Banfi, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, 2009
Varietal sangiovese (brunello strain), aged for minimum 4 years, with 2 in mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak casks (minimum DOCG ageing is 4 years including at least 2 in oak); natural cork closure, 14% abv, widely available, about £20
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of dried sour red cherries, dried currants, sweet tobacco, and a woody-chocolatey hint.
Palate: a dry wine, with high acidity, ripe medium (+) grippy tannins, medium (+) alcohol, a medium body, of medium (+) intensity, with flavours of stewed red cherries, dried rose buds, dried currants, and a hint of violet. A medium (+) length, a clean moderately grippy finish, with a significant bitterness at the end.
Quality: a good quality wine, a food wine, well-developed, with generous acidity and tannins, which are a little high for the intensity of flavour, which goes for the bitterness on the finish too. Of modest complexity, yet good flavour concentration, showing good tertiary development with interesting stewed and dried fruit notes. This wine is ready to drink now, and will keep and improve over 2-3 years.