An exploration of wine

200. Castello Banfi, ExcelsuS Sant’ Antimo, 1998

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Book 2 Wine 200

JPY5,040; 14%

Excellent prelude to Easter. Great combination of Bordeaux varieties, grown in Italian sun, with influence of US winemaking. Complexity, with ease of drinking. Only a ruby-garnet colour. Nose of gentle blackcurrant and cherry, with smoky, oaky, cinnamon-spice complexity. Well integrated tannic structure, suggesting coming into its best. Full-bodied, with some chocolatey notes and good length of flavour, based around maturing fruit.

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