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Castello Banfi - Cum Laude 2003

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The winery : Castello Banfi
Appellation: Sant'Antimo DOC (Toscana, Italy)
Price range :  25.00 - 34.99 €   
Other vintages: 2012 *** Good, 2007, 2006, 2005
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DESCRIPTION Colour: very intense ruby red.Bouquet: complex with blackberry notes, plum jam, cherries and licorice,with black olive and tobacco sensations.Taste: powerful body, wide and soft tannin texture thanks to the goodripening in the vineyard and winery.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Our newest SuperTuscan cuvée, Cum Laude - Latin for “with honours” - combines for the firsttime the four red varietals which have been selected during the 25 years of research as the bestfor our vineyards in Montalcino. A charming red wine suitable for complex food pairings butalso in more informal occasions.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Perfect with bean soups, grilled meat and medium aged cheese.First vintage produced: 1999.

Technical data

PRODUCTION AREA: Estate vineyards, in the southern hills of Montalcino.Altitude: from 120 meters above sea level (Syrah) to 230 meters above sea level (Sangiovese).Position: Hillside.

SOIL TYPE: Cabernet Sauvignon: light olive brown colour, clay topsoil, calcareous;Merlot: yellowish brown colour; sandy topsoil, calcareous with abundant rounded stone;Sangiovese: yellowish brown colour, sandy topsoil, calcareous with abundant rounded stone;Syrah: light olive brown colour, clay topsoil, calcareous.

GRAPE VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Merlot (30%), Sangiovese (25%), Syrah (15%).

TRELLISING SYSTEM: Cordone speronato (Spurred cordon).

VINE DENSITY: 4.200 vines/ha.


PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE: The four varieties are vinified separately with a cold maceration (14°C) prior to fermentationfor 2 days. Maceration at 22°C follows until the 2 last days of alcoholic fermentation whenthe temperature is brought up to 27°C. After the alcoholic fermentation, the wines areseparately racked into barriques where malolactic fermentation takes place and where theyage approximately for 6 months. The cuvée is made and then aged an additional 6 months,completed by 6 months of bottle aging.

Consumer Reviews - Castello Banfi - Cum Laude 2003

Tom Burnakis  Vinostar - from 151 reviews    Jacksonville  (United States)
*** Good 
Not "with honors" in my book
Deep red and very Italian, but I have to say that despite it’s name it barely passed with me. The waiter described floral and orange peel, I tasted tannins, smoke and more tannins. I feel the taste got lost in the astringency. I’m no wuss, and I like a wine that will clear my palate, but I also like something where I can recognize the fruit. It could be my palate, my choice of meals or just a bad day for this bottle. I wouldn’t throw one away, but I wouldn’t buy another soon.
Tom Burnakis has discoverd this vintage. 5 years ago

Castello Banfi - Cum Laude 2003 - United States

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