Although a bit too sharp for my personal taste, this is a simple, refreshing blend good with light dishes.
Estate: Castello Banfi is a family-owned estate in the Brunello region of Tuscany, founded in 1978 by Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani. With their dedication to innovation and excellence, they have been recognized around the world for their achievements in winemaking. Perhaps their most commendable award is “First Winery in the World Recognized for Exceptional Environmental, Social & Ethical Responsibility and Leadership in Customer Satisfaction”. They pioneered research on Sangiovese clones and registered the results in order to share the research with neighboring vineyards.
Winemaking: Throughout the 7100 acre estate [including their sister estates in Piedmont], a natural, traditional approach is taken from the vineyard to all processes in the winery. They practice water conservation, erosion control, maintain biodiversity, utilize nitrogen bottling to eliminate the addition of sulfites, and developed hybrid stainless steel and oak fermentation tanks to balance flavours and allow the terrior to shine through.
Philosophy: “Respect for the potential of this territory and the desire to exalt its character”.
Tasting Notes: Green tinted straw yellow in colour with aromas of cut grass, wet slate and the uninviting yet acceptable cat pee. Apple and pineapple layers dashed atop a bright acidity, whilst lemon notes comprised the zesty finish.
50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Chardonnay
Bottled by Banfi