Source: Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy
Castello Banfi is the showplace winery created by the Mariani family in an 11th-century castle on a Tuscan hilltop. In addition to wine production, Castello Banfi houses two restaurants, a glass museum and a small luxury inn. It’s the birthplace of this winsome red, which offers flavors of black cherries and plums underscored with a trace of anise, vanilla and earthy mineral notes. In the mouth, the fruit is approachable and plush, with lively acidity and ripe tannins. Enjoy it with pasta with Bolognese sauce or a grilled lamb chop.
Rosso di Montalcino is a wine appellation in Tuscany in central Italy in an area that includes the charming hilltop village of Montalcino. You might call it a cash-flow wine, one the vintner can sell until his more prestigious and expensive wine, in this case Brunello di Montalcino, is ready for market. Brunello, one of Italy’s most celebrated wines, is made of 100 percent sangiovese and requires four years of aging, at least two in oak, before release. The Rosso di Montalcino appellation was created in 1984 to allow vintners to use grapes from younger sangiovese vines or wine in barrels that the vintner decides is not up to the Brunello standard.