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2003 Castello Banfi Italian (Tuscany) Red "Cum Laude"

Winery: Castello Banfi

Vintage: 2003

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cum Laude"

Wine Category: Italian (Tuscany) Red

Grape blend: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, & 15% Syrah

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Tuscany

State or country: Italy

Price: $35

Cases produced: 9,500

KWG Score: 89.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: October 10, 2007

Wine Review: This dark red wine opens with a mildly aromatic spicy black current like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is well balanced, smooth, has integrated acidity, and has impressive dusty black cherry flavors with hints of raspberry and a touch of oak. The finish is dry and displays very nice length. This wine is a really good food wine that paired perfectly with our veal and eggplant Parmigiana. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Cum Laude is characterized by a rich color and soft, ripe fruit flavors. The wine is complex with aromas of juicy berries and spicy cherries, as well as clove, anise and black pepper. As a full-bodied red with dense tannins, it marries well with all red meats, hearty stews, pasta dishes and cheeses.

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