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Banfi Cum Laude Toscana IGT Magnum 2013 £49.95
BANFI CUM LAUDE TOSCANA IGT MAGNUM
Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. This award-winning estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking.
Dedication to excellence has won the approval of aficionados the world over. Capturing honor after prestigious honor, Castello Banfi is a constellation of single vineyards encompassing over three dozen varying subsoils. The estate is renowned for its clonal research that allows noble grape varieties to thrive in their optimal terroir, creating not only a consistently outstanding Brunello, but the ultimate expression of Montalcino Super Tuscans.
Nestled between the Orcia and Ombrone rivers on the southern slopes of Montalcino, Tuscany, the Castello Banfi estate is unique for its wine culture and tradition. A constellation of single vineyards dot one third of this three-thousand hectare domain, each unique in its own terroir yet united in a singular heritage and production style. The wines of Castello Banfi range are the result of careful selections from their best vineyards in Montalcino and they are an unbeaten example of an ancient and wise wine-making tradition combined with innovative technologic solutions both in the winery and in the vineyard.
Magna Cum Laude, Latin for “with high honors,” combines Montalcino’s historic Sangiovese Brunello clone with international grape varieties of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. Magna Cum Laude fl anks two other Castello Banfi proprietary cuvées bearing Latin names, SummuS “the highest,” and ExcelsuS, meaning “eminent.”
Each variety is vinified separately and aged 6-8 months to enhance its unique characteristics. The cuvée is then made and aged an additional 6-8 months. It is unfi ltered to preserve its unique character. At least 6 months of bottle rest follows.
Full bouquet, with aromas of blackberries and plums, complemented by licorice, black olives, and pipe-tobacco notes. Ruby red, intense, and very deep. Complex, with notes of blackberries, plum jam, cherries, with aromas of licorice, black olives, and pipe tobacco. Full bodied, dense tannins, round, and soft. Can benefi t from moderate aging, but very enjoyable upon release.
A perfect match for rustic bean soups, grilled meats, and aged cheeses.
THE WINEMAKER COMMENT
Our newest SuperTuscan cuvée, Cum Laude - Latin for “with honours” - combines for the first time the four red varietals which have been selected during the 25 years of research as the best for our vineyards in Montalcino. A charming red wine suitable for complex food pairings but also in more informal occasions.
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