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Friday, October 5, 2012

Castelli Banfi and Vigne Regali tasting, Sept 19/12

 The Date and Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2012   2:30PM to 4:30 PM
The Event:  formal sit-down structured tasting of Vigne Regali and
Castello Banfi's fine wines. (Authentic Wines and Spirits)
The Venue: Biagio's
The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines were available, many are coming
in or just departed from the Ontario market. See below under the name
of the wine.
The Quote/Background: The tasting was led by Enrico Viglierchio,
General Manager for Banfi. James Mariani, co-CEO of Banfi, based in New
York, also attended and commented from time to time. There was much
discussion about the 2007 vintage and its radical differences. The new
Horizon program kicked in with this vintage: micro-oxygenation, low
thermal conductivity, temperature control, efficient racking, and more.
The 2007 harvest was overripe and managed to converge with the
beginning of the Horizon program. The old style changes to a riper,
fruity wine with oaky accents and nuances.
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Castello Banfi Cum Laude 2009 Toscana IGT, $ 28.95 est.
-Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2007, +378257, $59.95 Vintages
-Castello Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 2007, $69.95
-Castello Banfi Excelsius 2009 IGT Toscana, $74.95 est.
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Vigne Regali Cuvee Aurora Rose Alta Langa 2008, $24.95 but N/A. Pinot
-Vigne Regali La Lus Albarossa Monferrato Rosso 2008 Piedmont, Vintages
Nov 10/12, $23.95 +291575 [rare indigenous grape "albarossa"]
-Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2010, $22.95
-Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2006, $59.95.
-Castello Banfi Poggio All'Oro 2006, $144 est.
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Banfi Centine 2010 Toscana IGT, $15.95 +947440 Vintages
The Food: platters of grilled veggies, cheeses, charcuterie, roast
beef, and breads.
The Downside: because of other commitments, some people turned up past
2:30 while others had to leave early.
The Upside: a great opportunity to talk to Banfi about their future
The Contact Person:  or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):

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