Castello Banfi Excelsus Toscany 2014
The Italian vineyard, Castello Banfi, located near Montalcino in Tuscany, has a total of about 3,000 hectares. The vineyard was founded in 1978 and today about 1,000 hectares of wine have been planted. In addition, the vineyard has one of Europe's most advanced wineries, as well as a 11th-century fortress, decorated as a luxury restaurant.
ExcelsuS, Latin for "eminent", is produced only in excellent vintages.
Merlot 60% and Cabernet Sauvignon 40% are vinified separately with a maceration of between 8 and 18 days. Alcoholic fermentation is followed by malolactic fermentation in barriques in temperature-controlled areas. For the first 12-14 months, the varieties age separately in French oak barriques. They are then mixed and stored as cuvée for another 8 to 10 Months.
The bottle layering follows for at least 6 months after and the wine is left unfiltered to preserve its subtle shades of plum, blackcurrant and cedar.
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