The more I tasted through and enjoyed the 2009 Rossos from Montalcino, the more I realized how uniformly great the vintage was going to be. As I interviewed and emailed with various winemakers, the more I kept hearing "wait and see how great 2010 is."
The 2010's are beginning to show up at retail, so I popped the cork on one that's widely available and reasonably priced. The 2010 Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino has a pretty medium violet color. A slightly purple hue surrounds the rim. It's very pretty. I poured a bit from the bottle as we were making dinner and initially, the wine was closed and seemingly very lean on the palate.
However, after about 30 minutes the aromatics blossomed significantly. It's very elegant and pretty to smell with lots of pepper, raspberry and fresh flowers on the nose. On the palate, the primary core of raspberry fruit plumped up significantly with air. There's lots of spice on the palate as well and a pretty fresh sage note. This is really nice and the aroma is gorgeous. I would certainly decant future bottles for about 30 minutes. It will definitely enhance the enjoyment. 90 points, about $18.
|Take some patience and decant this Rosso for 30 minutes before serving|