Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2009 Castello Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (93JS, 92RP, 91W&S, 90ST, 90WS). James Suckling: "This shows an impressive depth of fruit and silky tannins. Full body and a fresh, clean finish. Shows finesse and complexity for the vintage. " (10/2014)
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2009 Castello Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (qty: 6)
This shows an impressive depth of fruit and silky tannins. Full body and a fresh, clean finish. Shows finesse and complexity for the vintage.
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura is part of a greater movement, that will hopefully pick up speed across the appellation, to prioritize single-vineyard or “cru” expressions of Sangiovese. Once bottled as a “Riserva” the base Brunello Poggio alle Mura is a newly-introduced concept and Castello Banfi has also recently added a Rosso di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura Selezione as well. The idea is to shape a distinct identity for the estate’s most important vineyard. The identity presented here is one of a dark and concentrated wine with generous tones of dried cherry, cola, licorice and toasted espresso. This wine sees 90% French barrique and 10% aging in large Slavonian oak casks and that extra oak spice is evident. The wine also shows those delicate aromas of balsam herb and dried rose that are always such a pleasure to find in Brunello. This is a bold wine for game or grilled meats. It needs a few more years in the bottle to flesh out and evolve. Drink: 2017-2023. (ML)
Bright red. Fresh violet, red cherry and strawberry on the fresh nose. Then smooth and juicy in the mouth, showing very good cut and clarity to the savory sour red cherry and small red berry flavors. Finishes saline and long, with juicy acidity. Very similar to the entry-level Brunello, but with a little more density and depth. I was pleasantly surprised by this wine's bright, fruity personality: it has none of the tarry, inky, peppery nuances that I usually associate with Poggio alle Mura, and it's probably the first-ever Poggio alle Mura Brunello that I actually like. Very well done. (ID) 90+
Plush and ample, this single-vineyard Brunello from the southern part of Montalcino sees two years in wood, mostly French barriques. It shows musky forest floor aromas and hints of eucalyptus, the fine-grained tannins giving it a supple texture. Enjoy with a Tuscan white bean stew.
Rich and dense, with a chunky swath of tannins rolling over the cherry, almond, black tea and underbrush notes. A broad, savory style, with a tobacco-tinged finish. Best from 2017 through 2029. (BS)