Belnero

Toscana IGT

Supertuscans

Belnero

Production Area

Estate vineyards, in the southern hills of Montalcino. Altitude: from 170 to 230 meters above sea level. Position: Hillside.

GRAPE VARIETIES

Almost exclusively Sangiovese

Method of production

The alcoholic fermentation of the grapes takes place in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, and it lasts for 8/12 days at 24°-26°C until the last 3 days, when the temperature is brought up to 30°C. Once completed this first phase we proceed with the malolactic fermentation that takes place in French oak barrique where the wine is aged for a long period. An appropriate bottle fining follows.

The winemaker comment

Belnero is the expression of the solid and indissoluble connection of Banfi with Montalcino territory. This wine celebrates the experience, the passion and the 30 years commitment to quality that Banfi has incessantly been dedicated to in its constant pursuit of excellence, in the vineyard as well as in the winery. Belnero is produced mainly with Sangiovese, the emblematic grape of Montalcino tradition, blended from time to time with those International varieties which found, in our region, their most favorable habitat. Belnero, with its powerful and well balanced structure, is ideal for a long ageing.

Vintage notes 2013

  • Belnero
  • Denomination TOSCANA IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled hybrid tanks of wood and stainless steel for 8-12 days. Temperature was 24°C until the last three days when switched to 28°C until the end. Malolactic fermentation took place in barriques. A 14 months maturation occurred in French oak 350l. barriques (30% new), followed by an adequate bottle fining. 

Specifications
  • BRIX 24,0
  • ALCOHOL 13,5%
  • PH 3,52
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 31,2
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1,5
  • Color intensity 1,1
  • Total acidity 5,3
  • Malic Acidity 0,01
  • Volatile Acidity 0,52
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 110
  • Free 38
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began with a significant delay, with some rains during the Spring. June was marked by cooler temperatures, under the seasonal average. August and September were hot and dry, but the ripening, despite two weeks delay, have been supported by water reserves of the previous months. Summer nights were characterized by cooler temperatures, contributing to the improvement of the quality of the grapes. From the end of September, rainfall was abundant, causing problems during the repining, without affecting the vineyards.
TASTING

The color is deep red with light ruby nuances. The aromas are very complex, with hints of coffee, tobacco, blackberry and cherry jam. In the mouth the structure is powerful, warm and chewy, with a greatly enjoyable and pleasant vanilla notes in the end. It is a surely persistent and well-dimensioned wine, which is enjoyable since now and with a great potential of aging.

  • Belnero
  • Denomination IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
  • Method of production

    Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled hybrid tanks of wood and stainless steel for 8-12 days. Temperature was 24°C until the last three days when switched to 28°C until the end. Malolactic fermentation took place in barriques. A 14 months maturation occurred in French oak 350l. barriques (30% new), followed by an adequate bottle fining.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 24.1
  • ALCOHOL 14%
  • PH 3.52
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1
  • Color intensity 1.0
  • Total acidity 5.2
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.58
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 101
  • Free 41
  • Seasonal Outcome The vine’s growth cycle started at the right time with a particularly mild and dry climate in April and May. Fresh temperatures in June with no precipitation registered. Summer followed with average seasonal temperatures in July and for the first half of August, when suddenly rose up above 40°C until the end of the month. A sunny September had temperatures back to the seasonal average that helped in harvest operations.
TASTING

Thecolor isdeep red with light ruby nuances. The aromas are very complex, with hints of coffee, tobacco, blackberry and cherry jam. In the mouth the structure is powerful, warm and chewy, with a greatly enjoyable and pleasant vanilla notes in the end. It is a surely persistent and well-dimensioned wine, which is enjoyable since now and with a great potential of aging.

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Tuscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    In temperature-controlled hybrid fermenters of wood and stainless steel, between 24 and 28 degrees centigrade, for 8 to 12 days. Malolactic: in barrique.  Barrel aged for 14 months, in French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 24.8
  • ALCOHOL 14.8%
  • PH 3.52
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 31
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.2
  • Color intensity Bentonite
  • Total acidity 5.1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.53
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 96
  • Free 40
  • Seasonal Outcome The vine’s growth cycle started at the right time with a climate particularly mild and dry in the months of April and May. The sunny days of June were then followed by copious rainfall in the middle of July, resulting also in significant drop in temperatures. The climate conditions in early August were pretty cool, but the region was then covered by an anti-cyclone weather pattern originating from Africa, which led to a spike in temperatures, reaching well above the average for the period and lasting for around two weeks. Therefore hydric stress accelerated the ripening. September and October were sunny and dry with very hot temperatures.
TASTING

Deep red color with shades of mauve. The nose conveys  sweet aromas, with hints of vanilla, tobacco and coffee, balanced perfectly with fruity hints of cherries jam and prunes.  The wine has a powerful structure, with important  tannins that add dimension and duration. Very persistent in the finish, it has enormous potential for aging.

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled hybrid fermenters of wood and stainless steel. Temperature: 24°-28° C. Length: 8-12 days. Malolactic: Yes, in barrique. Length of Barrel Aging: 14 months. Origin of Barrel: French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 25
  • ALCOHOL 14.9%
  • PH 3.55
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 31
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.4
  • Color intensity 1.1
  • Total acidity 4.9
  • Malic Acidity 0.06
  • Volatile Acidity 0.58
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 36
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing season started slightly late, followed by abundant rain in May and June. Temperatures in June were cool and well below seasonal averages; in the beginning of July the temperatures began to warm up and became quite hot by mid-month. Temperatures cooled down again in August with cool nights in particular, significantly contributing to the quality of the fruit in terms of aromatics and natural acidity. From the middle of August through September and October rainfall was scarce, resulting in an excellent harvest.
TASTING

Deep red color with shades of mauve. The bouquet is intense, with hints of ripe fruit recalling plum and blackberry jam balanced perfectly with notes of vanilla, tobacco and mocha.  On the palate the wine has a powerful structure, full and round, with soft and elegant tannins that add dimension and duration. Very persistent in the finish, it has enormous potential for aging.

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled hybrid fermenters of wood and stainless steel. Temperature: 24°-28° C. Length: 8-12 days. Malolactic: Yes, in barrique. Length of Barrel Aging: 14 months. Origin of Barrel: French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.8
  • ALCOHOL 14.5%
  • PH 3.59
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.33
  • Color intensity 0.935
  • Total acidity 4.9
  • Malic Acidity 0.06
  • Volatile Acidity 0.58
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 36
  • Seasonal Outcome The spring start to the growing cycle was marked by abundant rainfall, which helped provide high levels of water reserves in the rich clay soils. The rainy phase went on till mid July, with temperatures particularly cool and well below the seasonal norm. After mid July, the weather stayed warm and dry; in this phase, the vines could take advantage of the water reserves accumulated during the spring. Relatively cool nighttime temperatures allowed for the gradual development of aromatics and polyphenols, enhancing the overall quality of the grapes. The harvest went smoothly thanks to dry, warm and sunny days in September and October.
TASTING

Color is an intense red, with shades of mauve. The scents are ample and rich, the fruity notes of plums join a slight balsamic aroma, along with perfumes of toasted coffee and tobacco. In the mouth, you immediately feel important, yet soft, structure with the sweetness of the tannins that give it great elegance and a long finish. This wine is well inclined to aging.

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled hybrid fermenters of wood and stainless steel. Temperature: 24°-28° C. Length: 8-12 days. Malolactic: Yes, in barrique. Length of Barrel Aging: 14 months. Origin of Barrel: French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.8
  • ALCOHOL 14.5%
  • PH 3.59
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.33
  • Color intensity 0.935
  • Total acidity 4.9
  • Malic Acidity 0.06
  • Volatile Acidity 0.58
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 36
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing season started late, and the successive phases were also delayed by higher than average rainfall in May and June. Overall temperatures were lower than seasonal averages through July. In mid-August, a hail storm touched down on several key vineyards, provoking a natural selection and reduced production. Combined with cool September temperatures, these conditions resulted in an earlier than usual harvest but with bright acidity and balance.
TASTING

Deep red color, with mild garnet nuances. Very complex aroma on the nose, with initial notes of plum jam and a balsamic note, followed quickly by spicy hints of tobacco and coffee. On the palate the structure is powerful, warm and soft, with ripe tannins that give the wine body and length.  Enjoyable now yet endowed with great aging potential. 

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 24°-28° C. Length: 8-12 days. Malolactic: Yes, in barrique. Length of Barrel Aging: 14 months. Origin of Barrel: French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 24
  • ALCOHOL 14.5%
  • PH 3.60
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 30.05
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.1
  • Color intensity 0.981
  • Total acidity 5
  • Malic Acidity 0.02
  • Volatile Acidity 0.55
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 103
  • Free 34
  • Seasonal Outcome Thanks to a mild winter, the growing season started early, with anticipated flowering. Heavy rainfall in late May and early June provided sufficient water reserves in the soil to endure the mid-June heat wave. The harvest started about one week ahead of time yet still lasted into mid October without any difficulties, thanks to ideal fall weather.
TASTING

Deep red color, with mild garnet nuances. Very complex aroma on the nose, with spicy hints of tobacco and coffee, as well as fruity notes of blackberry jam. On the palate the structure is powerful, warm and soft, with a pleasant note of vanilla in the end. Enjoyable now yet endowed with great aging potential. 

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 24°-28° C. Length: 8-12 days. Malolactic: Yes, in barrique. Length of Barrel Aging: 14 months. Origin of Barrel: French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13.5%
  • PH 3.41
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 30.76
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.5
  • Color intensity 0.86
  • Total acidity 5.5
  • Malic Acidity 0.05
  • Volatile Acidity 0.55
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 102
  • Free 32
  • Seasonal Outcome The regular rainfalls throughout spring allowed for good hydro conditions during the hot summer months. The high temperatures during July yielded for an exceptional ripening of the grapes helped by the right temperature range between day and night in August. The warm September allowed for an excellent harvesting
TASTING

Deep red color, with mild garnet nuances. On the nose the aroma is very complex with notes of blackberry jam, as well as more spicy hints of tobacco and coffee. On the palate the structure is powerful, warm and soft, with a pleasant note of  vanilla in the end. Enjoyable since now  and endowed with a great aging potential. 

  • Belnero
  • Denomination Toscana IGT
  • GRAPE VARIETIES Predominantly Sangiovese, with small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Temperature: 24°-26° C. Length: 8-12 days. Malolactic: Yes, in barrique. Length of Barrel Aging: 14 months. Origin of Barrel: French Oak (30% new).

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.8
  • ALCOHOL 13.7%
  • PH 3.5
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 31.81
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.9
  • Color intensity 1.130
  • Total acidity 5.4
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.44
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 34
  • Seasonal Outcome The regular seasonal conditions during spring were marked by a hailstorm that reduced the production. The moderate temperatures in summer with a fresh August permitted to the vines not to suffer any hydric stress. The warm and sunny September allowed for a good harvesting.
TASTING

Mauve red color, deep and intense. On the nose gentle aromas with notes of vanilla, tobacco and coffee, and also fruity hints of cherry jam and prunes. The structure is very powerful with soft and well balanced tannins, which give harmony, long finish and great potential for a long aging in the bottle.

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