Tonight's bottle was the Banfi Belnero `05. As a fourth course, S. & JPH had tasted the `07 with Pepper Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with a Vegetable-Miso Broth. S said that it was her favorite course of the meal. We opened the `05 just before we had our dinner of Braised Elk Ribs with Roasted Tomatoes and Scalloped potatoes.
This is a smooth, luscious Sangiovese that stands as a proud representative of the southern hills of Montalcino. Ornate, Tuscan and enjoyable. There is a hint of coffee to this wine. Just enough acid to stand up to meat, but soft enough to have with cheese. Blending a juiciness with an undercurrent of coffee makes this an enjoyable special occasion wine.
Banfi Tasting second course: Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio `09 $18.49 (not TJ's) ***
Banfi Tasting third course: Banfi Centine Rosso `07 $10.89 (not TJ's)
Banfi Tasting fourth course: Banfi BelnerO `05 $35.99 (Not TJ's) ****