Estate vineyards, on the southern hills of Montalcino. Altitude: Sangiovese: 250 m above sea level, Cabernet Sauvignon: 130 m above sea level, Syrah: 120 m above sea level. Position: Hillside.
Sangiovese - from estate clones selection - (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Syrah (25%).
Produced only in favorable vintages. The 3 varieties are vinified separately in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with variable macerations from 10 to 18 days. After alcoholic fermentation, the individual varietal wines, are transferred to barriques where they stay separate for 12 months. Subsequently, they are blended and the wood aging continues for an additional 8-10 months. Bottle aging follows for 6 months.
Castello Banfi's innovative spirit and winemaking expertise is demonstrated in all its wines, but none embodies these qualities as prominently as SummuS. A wine of towering elegance, SummuS is an extraordinary blend of Sangiovese (used regionally to make the famed Brunello di Montalcino) which contributes body; Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit and structure; and Syrah, elegance, character and a fruity bouquet.
95 - Top 100 Tuscan Wines
4 stars (excellent)
Diploma di Merito
94 - #33 Top 100 Wines of 2003
Primo nella categoria vini rossi secchi e tranquilli IGT
90 – Exceptional
93 – “The best Summus I’ve ever tasted” (J.Suckling)
Primo nella categoria vini rossi secchi e tranquilli IGT
91 – Gold Medal
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 again with notably cool nights, which significantly contributed to the quality of the fruit, both in terms of aromas and natural acidity. From the middle of August through the months of September and October rainfall was scarce, resulting in an excellent harvest.
Intense and deep red color. The nose conveys sweet and fruity aromas of cherries and plums, well integrated with notes of vanilla and licorice. Very elegant and balanced, with a beautiful structure supported by muscular and persuasive tannins. Lingering flavors fill the palate. Perfect for long aging.
Intense and deep ruby red color. On the nose, fruity notes of cherry and ripe plum, with hints of butter and toasted flavors, as well as a light note of grilled peppers. The structure reveals great elegance and balance, with large and pleasing tannins. Very long and persistent finish. Enjoyable now and will continue to develop over the next 15+ years.
Intense and deep ruby red color. On the nose, fruity notes of cherry and ripe plum blend with balsamic hints and more complex notes of tobacco and coffee. On the palate it is complex and persistent, with a very long and pleasant finish. A wine of great structure, defined by its sweet tannins and great potential. Enjoyable now and will continue to develop over the next 15+ years.
Intense red color. The bouquet is fresh with fruity notes of cherry and prunes, together with more complex and spicy hints of liquorices, coffee and tobacco. A wine of great structure, defined by its sweet tannin. On the palate it is complex and persistent, with a very long and pleasant finish.
Intense red color. Still young aromas with strong fruity and complex notes of jam, spices, tobacco and coffee. The structure is powerful and characterized by important tannins. On the palate the bouquet is soft and long. Enjoyable since now and good for at least 15 years.
Deep and concentrated color. The bouquet presents notes of cherry, plums and currant, tobacco and toasted aromas. The structure is characterized by important and soft tannins. On the palate the bouquet is soft and long. Enjoyable since now and good for at least 15 years.
The color is very deep and intense. The aroma has young notes of cherry, plums and currant, with complex hints of spices, tobacco and leather. It has a big and important structure. On the palate is sweet and with a long finish. Drinkable since now till the next 15 years.
The color is very deep and intense. The aroma has notes of currant, spices, tobacco, vanilla, plums jam and dry flowers. It has a good structure with sweet and soft tannins; lonf finish. A wine that can be enjoyed in its youth but will improve greatly as it ages.
Deep ruby red color, coupled with aromatic hints of cedar and berries. A racy and lively wine, robust but not aggressive, long and elegant on the finish. Flavors of sweet tobacco, attributed to the Cabernet Sauvignon, are one of the positive characteristics of this superb wine.
An intense color, with violet reflections. A spicy bouquet with hints of hazelnut, coffee and buttery flavors. Big structure, good tannins, though it still needs maturing. Good acidity and a long finish.
Intense color, with youthful reflections, hints of spice and liquorice. With brief aeration, the wine shows pleasant jammy flavors. Well structured, displaying soft tannins and great potential.
The varietal spices contribute great complexity to the rich Brunello and Cabernet characteristics, resulting in rare length and richness. A wine that will handsomely reward the patience of lengthy bottle aging.
The varietal spices from the Syrah give to the already outstanding Brunello/Cabernet blend a very unique complexity. Rare richness and length.
Impressive concentration and great balance between the fruit of the different varieties and the underlying spices from the oak. Lots of sweet tannins. Rich but elegant.
Dark color, fruity and spicy nose, very complex and rich taste.
Rare elegance: intriguing bouquet, combining the flavor of small berries with the characteristics of moderate age. An elegant body, well balanced, with a lot of finesse.
Rare elegance; intriguing bouquet (combination of small berries and the mature characteristics from aging. The body might not be enormous, but it is very balanced, and bears much finesse.