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Stan’s Wine Pick: Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2006

Last week, we posted about Benvenuto Brunello — Welcome Brunello — the yearly event when Brunello di Montalcino producers present their new vintages to the press, trade, and consumers in Montalcino in the province of Siena, Italy.

And so this week we decided to write about one of our favorite Brunellos: Brunello di Montalcino by Castello Banfi, one of our all-time favorite producers and a winery for which we have organized numerous wine dinners and events here at Siena Ristorante Toscana.

Currently, we feature the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino on our wine list.

Not only is the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino, made from from 100% Sangiovese grapes, one of our favorite wines by one of Italy’s most famous producers, it’s also from one of the best vintages in recent memory.

Here’s what the great American wine writer James Suckling wrote about 2006 in Montalcino on his blog:

“The 2006 Brunello di Montalcinos are classic Sangioveses in every sense of the word.”

“I am so impressed with the many excellent 2006 Brunellos. I think that the 2006 vintage for Brunello is the new benchmark for the region, just like 1997 was more than a decade ago. Viticulture and winemaking has changed so much in Tuscany in the last decade, and the more than 220 grape growers who bottle their wines have been at the forefront in growing the best grapes.”

Click here to read the entire post.

We feel that the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino by Banfi will, indeed, be a new benchmark for the winery and for the appellation in the same way that the legendary 1997 vintage redefined excellence for the production of Sangiovese.

And what wine could be better matched for Chef Harvey’s classic Tuscan cuisine!

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