B anfi built a reputation for making great wines in Italy then started expanding by importing many wines and purchasing wineries from all around the world, Chile, Spain and the United States (Pacific Rim ring a bell?). They have quite the portfolio.
Wine World held a special seminar hosted by Grace Reynolds, Republic National Luxury Specialist for South Carolina. Andrew Benjamin says “With Grace as our guide, we’ll taste some greats from Banfi’s Italian portfolio, including the Belnero, Amarone, and Brunello, along with some of Banfi’s really interesting new world offerings, a Cabernet and Chenin Blanc from Washington State, a Pinot Noir from Oregon, and a super classy Syrah-based blend from Chile. Banfi is one of the most prominent wine producers and importers in Italy, and are a family owned business that also imports and produces fine wines around the world.”
Attendees were offered special prices when ordering these wines.
They tasted 10 wines with a break halfway-ish for heavy Hors d’Oeuvres.
Where: 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

e-mail: wineworld@wineworldsc.com.
When: Friday, March 24, 2017, 7pm.
Cost: $25 per person, $18 Wine Club Member. Reservations are required as space will be limited. Payment is necessary to ensure your seat. $30 at the door if space is available.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Cuvee Aurora Brut Rose 2011
  2. Pacific Rim “Hahn Hill” Chenin Blanc 2014
  3. Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2015
  4. Rainstorm Rosé 2015
  5. Silver Totem Cabernet 2013
  6. Banfi Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico 2012
  7. Banfi Belnero 2013
  8. Emiliana Coyam 2013
  9. Bolla Amarone 2011
  10. Banfi Brunello 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Cuvee Aurora Brut Rose 2011 | Piedmont Italy
Color: Pale pink with tint and persistent perlage. Bouquet: Intense and alluring with notes of apple, vanilla and wild rose. Taste: Round, silky and harmonious. A perfect aperitif and ideal with just about anything including seafood and white meats.–From their Website
Pacific Rim “Hahn Hill” Chenin Blanc 2014 | Columbia Valley, Washington
Color: Pale straw. Bouquet: Floral. Taste: Key lime and melon. Ideal with fresh pastas, cheeses and salads. Delicious with dishes with a little spice. The vines from Hahn Hill Vineyard were planted in 1968, some of the oldest vines in the Columbia Valley.–From their Website
Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2015 | Tuscany Italy
Most recent white wine born at Banfi,La Pettegola is characterized by its aromatic expression,rich and delicate, as well as for its lively acidity.–From their Website
Rainstorm Rosé 2015 | Oregon
Here in the Northwest, we have a deep seeded love for Pinots so we jumped at the chance to craft a Pinot Noir Rose. Sure it rains a lot in Oregon, but we’re the type of people to see the silver lining with each rainy day. That cool rain is what makes Oregon Pinots shine, and inspired the name of our newest addition to our Pinot family.
To craft our wonderfully balanced Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, we select the finest grapes from the Willamette Valley. With its cool, mild climate, the Willamette Valley of northern Oregon produces Pinot Noir with an earthy, elegant style and complex yet subtle flavors. 65% of the grapes were direct press for this Rosé providing acidity and elegance. 35% came from the saignée Pinot Noir tank providing more fruit and some structure. The wine was fermented with native yeast to dryness at cold temperature (50°F) and on fine lees for 3 months. We designed our winemaking to craft a light, pale and refreshing Rosé.
Our Pinot Noir Rosé portrays aromas of strawberry, rose petals and pomegranate seeds. It is completely dry with refreshing acidity. Silver Linings pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods such as a spring salad, goat cheese tart or grilled chicken with fresh herbs.–From their Website
Silver Totem Cabernet 2013 | Washington State
Color: Deep ruby red. Bouquet: Cherry, cedar and violet. Taste: Currant and blackberry. Ideal with roasted pork, wild game, grilled vegetables and aged ribeye with vegetable puree. –From their Website
Banfi Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico 2012 | Tuscany Italy
Color: Captivating mauve red. Bouquet: Cherry, plum and blackberry with hints of spice. Taste: The wine is round, full and balanced with good acidity. Superb accompaniment to red meats, game, and aged cheeses.–From their Website
Banfi Belnero 2013 | Tuscany Italy
Belnero is the expression of the solid and indissoluble connection of Banfi with Montalcinoterritory. This wine celebrates the experience, the passion and the 30 years commitment toquality that Banfi has incessantly been dedicated to in its constant pursuit of excellence, inthe vineyard as well as in the winery. Belnero is produced mainly with Sangiovese, theemblematic grape of Montalcino tradition, blended from time to time with thoseInternational varieties which found, in our region, their most favorable habitat. Belnero,with its powerful and well balanced structure, is ideal for a long ageing. –From their Website
Emiliana Coyam 2013 | Colchagua Valley Chile
Color: Intense violet-red. Bouquet: Aromas of ripe red and black fruits integrated with notes of spice, earth and a hint of vanilla. Taste: Beautifully balanced and full on the palate. Good structure with soft, round tannins. Elegant expressions of fruit delicately interwoven with oak, mineral, and toffee. Serve with roasted red meats, strong cheeses and pasta with spicy sauces. Also marries well with dried fruits.–From their Website
Bolla Amarone 2011 | Veneto, Italy
Made only in exceptional years, Amarone is lushly flavored, intensely concentrated and silky-textured. It is deep garnet, velvety-red in color with aromas of wild-cherry jam, spice and hints of cedar. It delivers rich, dry, black-cherry flavors and a finish that is long, round, and persistent with cacao and spice. Enjoy Bolla Amarone with red meats, roasts and grilled dishes, game, braised meats, and all well aged cheeses.–From their Website
Banfi Brunello 2011 | Tuscany, Italy
A “classic” of our production, this Brunello di Montalcino is obtained with clonesof Sangiovese selected after 20 years of research on this unique grape and is agedin 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.–From their Website

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