Castello Banfi ExcelsuS 2015
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Sant'Antimo|
Shy in aroma, this red evokes violet, black currant, blackberry, iron and tobacco flavors. Powerful and brooding, this needs time to reveal the pure fruit and supple texture. Terrific length and vibrant structure. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2033. 1,600 cases made, 200 cases imported.
The 2015 ExcelsuS is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes grown from within the Montalcino territory. This wine delivers round intensity and solid structure with plenty of dark fruit, blackberry, plum spice, leather and grilled herb at the core. This is a dark and full-bodied expression with long persistence and integrated tannins. I could imagine a pairing with oven-roasted lasagna with crunchy cheese on the top.