Golden Palate Italia Partners: Castello Banfi and Cennatoio Wineries in Tuscany

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Cantine Cennatoio
Via della Pronaia, 209, 50013 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 896 3230


My favorite, every day drinking red wine from Cennatoio is their Etrusco, Super Tuscan (Sangiovese).

Notes from the producer:

It finds the best expression with typical Tuscan starters. Ideal also with first courses (pasta), “ribollita” (Tuscan soup), grilled meat and cheeses

100% Sangiovese Grosso
16-18 months
min. 6 months
Alcool 13%-13,5% media Vol.
Color: Intense ruby red

Perfume: Persistent, intense and large bouquet characterized by warm notes. At the beginning it shows vegetal notes and dried fruit. Later on, it opens into complex perfumes such as leather, vanilla, cocoa, liquorice and ink

Taste: Velvety and harmonious, it has a great body to the palate and an excellent balance between acidity and not astringent tannins with higher alcohol


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Castello Banfi (and Banfi Il Borgo Hotel)
Castello di Poggio alle Mura, snc, 53024 Montalcino Siena, Italy
+39 0577 840111

My favorite wines by Castello Banfi are no doubt their Brunellos.

The winemaker’s notes for their classic Brunello di Montalcino Castello Banfi
Montalcino, Tuscany

Over 170 hectares of estate vineyards in the southern hill area of Montalcino. Altitude: 220 meters above sea level. Position: Hillside.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Sangiovese.

METHOD OF PRODUCTION: The meticulous grape selection (yield not exceeding 6 metric tons/ha) is followed by vinification in temperature-controlled Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with skin contact for 10-12 days. The wine ages for 2 years in various sizes oak barrels, 350-liter barriques, and 60- and 120 hl barrels; the wine is subsequently aged in bottle for an additional 8-12 months before release.

WINEMAKER COMMENT: A “classic” of our production, this Brunello di Montalcino is obtained with clones of Sangiovese selected after 20 years of research on this unique grape and is aged in French oak barrels of 350 lt as well as in 60-120 hl Slavonian barrels. The most aristocratic combination of Montalcino tradition with winemaking modernity.


About the hotel:

Castello Banfi – Il Borgo

We very much enjoyed our visit, tour, tasting, dinner, and stay at the beautiful, luxurious Castello Banfi-Il Borgo. This ancient stone compound rose in the 1700’s under the nurturing shade and protective walls and towers of Castello di Poggio alle Mura and served as the dwelling of farmers who worked the land for the noble landowners. Today is has been completely re-styled and modernized into the luxurious rooms and suites of this crown jewel of Tuscan hospitality– offering the best of today’s amenities while maintaining the historic medievally-inspired character.

Each of the ample 9 rooms and 5 suites is distinctly designed and original, embellished and decorated by hand, with premium fabrics and exclusive accessories which underline  Overseeing the interior redesign was Federico Forquet, one of the most renowned interior designers of all Italy. Guests may indulge in exclusive vino-therapy products, derived from our Sangiovese Brunello and idealized for the pleasure and well being of the body. The compound has many unique gathering spaces, some larger, while others more intimate, allowing for thorough indulgence and relaxation.

Il Borgo is located in a beautiful area of Tuscany, a short drive from the town of Montalcino, and many other neighboring wineries, is 44 miles from Siena, and a short drive to the Tuscan seaside–a great vantage point to explore all this region has to offer.

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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