Monday, March 31, 2008

Banfi Centine, 2006

Banfi Centine, 2006

This red wine from Tuscany is a "Super Tuscan" blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I was anxious to try this new vintage and see what kind of wine Banfi delivers for about $12. Castello Banfi is located in Montalcino, one of the best wine regions of Tuscany. The color is a dark red and almost opaque. Once we gave this wine a sniffy sniff, we knew we were into something a little different. Many Tuscan "Sangiovese blends" at this price point offer drinkable wines with good acidity and fresh fruit flavors and little else. The aroma was that of cellar floor, mushrooms and blackberries. In the mouth this is a medium to full bodied wine with velvety tannins and subtle acidity. The flavor is that of strawberries, blackberries and mushroom with a background of old oak. The wine is quite elegant and has a long satisfying finish. Overall a very good Tuscan red at this price point for anyone who enjoys a fruit driven wine with earthy and musty overtones. PS. Centine is pronounced "CHEN - TIN - AY", in Italian.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Costco has this wine for $8.80 / bottle before case discounts. WS rated 88 and best buy.