Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1994

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1994


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An excellent vintage, developed better than originally expected. A lot of good, mature tannins; great concentration. Hints of tar, chocolate and plums, combined with the intriguing spices from the oak. A huge structure of refined tannins are woven into a fat, meaty body leaving a harmonious and lengthy finish. The water stress from the summer's heat resulted in great concentration.
Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Castello Banfi
Alcohol/vol 12.9%
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorA very energetic '94 Brunello, this mouthfilling Italian red is medium- to full-bodied, with full, velvety tannins and a subtle character of spices, ripe fruits and earth that lingers for a long finish.

James Suckling, August 31, 1999
  • we88

Wine EnthusiastDon't judge this one too quickly. It takes an inordinate amount of time to open up. Very intense and tight, it's heavy with black fruit and licorice. Not as liberal as it may be down the line, it still sports a nice center of chewy fruit, offset by some sharp, astringent tannins. Good structure, but the finish is incomplete.

Michael Schachner, March 1, 2000