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Banfi: Classic wine with a classic label

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

To many people, a wine is all about the label. Some like labels that feature animals, others like clever graphics, while still others are attracted to pictures of the winery. With great labels featuring a variety of historical scenes, and brand recognition that is second to none, the American importer Banfi always seems to get a place at the table!

One of these “favorite labeling” traditions, is their Chianti Classico Riserva. Now with their 2008 vintage appearing on the shelves, the tradition continues with the ever-popular horse and rider label. One look at this bottle and it is recognizable to just about every wine drinker, especially those who enjoy Italian wines. And they often get bought up fast.

Generally, the taste of Banfi’s Chianti Classico Reserva is consistent with others from Italy’s old Chianti region with an earthy bouquet of dark cherries plus a musky background. Because it is not quite 100% Sangiovese but contains some Cabernet plus other grapes, its body is less acidic and fuller than others from the region. It pairs very well with red pasta or broiled meats with a variety of sauces, making it a very versatile addition to the wine cellar.

Fortunately it looks like there are plenty of these (2007 or 2008 vintages) available here in the Phoenix area. If you elect to stock up, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva is available at Total Wine for less than $15 and Bevmo for a few bucks more. This makes for an affordable range of prices right now to replenish the rack or to set up your next Italian feast.

Be sure to serve chilled from the fridge after 30 minutes (60-65 degrees). This wine is not nearly as mellow when tasted at Arizona room temperature.

Article by Tom Peiffer, Phoenix Wine Shopping Examiner at

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About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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