Finds from the Vine: 2003 Castello Banfi "Tavernelle" Cabernet Sauvignon found in Vail stores
Vail CO, Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Time for another great wine gift, the 2003 Castello Banfi “Tavernelle” Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Sant’Antimo region in the southern part of Montalcino in Tuscany, the heart of Italian wine country.
This 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of a Super Tuscan, a red wine made from non-traditional grapes for the Tuscan region.
Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, bottled unfiltered, and aged for 12 months in the bottle, the Tavernelle is reminiscent of a fine Pauillac, with a graphite and steely edge, dark and rich cassis and violet flavors and aromas, and an earthy plum finish that is both elegant and huge!
With medium, chewy tannins and a little of that typical Italian acidity, this Cabernet is gorgeous now, and will continue aging well for up to 10 years.
Banfi is a new winery for Italy, the Mariani family founded the estate only 20 years ago. The estate is huge, more than 7,000 acres, with almost 2,400 acres planted to vines. The Tavernelle vineyard itself is 240 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Drink the Tavernelle with a New York strip, any grilled meat, and even a rich dish like Osso Bucco. The 2003 Banfi Tavernelle is $45.