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2002 10 December

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997 was ranked #3 of Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of the Year" in the newly released December 31, 2002 - January 15, 2003 issue.   "Americans John and Harry Mariani created this estate from scratch beginning in 1978, hiring enologist Ezio Rivella to oversee the winemaking. The work was completed in 1...

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2002 28 October

Castello Banfi will release its 1999 Moscadello di Montalcino DOC under the new proprietary name of "Florus." An ancient Florentine term for the symbol that the French call the "fleur de lis," used on gold coinage of the middle ages in Tuscany, Florus also denotes something luxuriant like an abundant bouquet of flowers.    Florus is mad...

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2002 21 October

An early autumn deluge of rain following a year-long drought threatened to wipe out any hopes for the 2002 vintage, but Tuscany's Castello Banfi vineyard estate relied on mobility, timing, and its unique microclimate to yield better results than expected for the Brunello zone.   "An early start to the harvest saved our white wines and gave u...

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2002 24 September

John Mariani, founder of the Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino, has been selected to receive the "Toscana-USA" prize for his work in promoting Tuscan wines around the world and building relations between the region and his native United States. Florence's mayor will honor Mr. Mariani, 70, in that city's historic Palazzo Vecchio on Septem...

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2002 01 July

Some of the world's best jazz musicians will return to Italy's rural Tuscany this year to perform concerts under the stars, once again accompanied by the wines of Castello Banfi.   The Montalcino wine estate, long a sponsor of the wildly popular Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, initiated a spin-off festival five years ago in the Tusc...

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2002 25 March

John Mariani, proprietor of leading U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners and the premier Tuscan vineyard estate Castello Banfi, will be recognized with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 12th Annual Florida Winefest & Auction, April 3-7, 2002 at The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota.   Mr. Mariani, whose father founded Banfi in 1919, joined the...

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2002 20 March

Ristorante Banfi held its official grand opening for friends, neighbors and press in April. The seven course meal was prepared by Ristorante Banfi Chef Guido Haverkock and Michelin two-star Chef Heinz Beck of the prestigious La Pergola roof garden restaurant in Rome's Cavalieri Hilton Hotel. The chefs created the regular (yet seasonal) menus for Ca...

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2002 01 February

Castello Banfi, Italy's most honored vineyard estate, has announced that it will release its top wines unfiltered effective with the 1999 vintage.    With this strategy, according to family proprietor Cristina Mariani, the estate's wines will better express their true fruit character and "terroir," a French term indicating a combination...

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2002 07 January

Castello Banfi, Montalcino's premier vineyard estate, has announced the release of a distinctive new Super Tuscan cuvée for January 2002.    Called Cum Laude, Latin for "with honors," the wine combines 25% of a Banfi clonal selection of the region's historic Brunello grape, with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 15% Syrah, e...

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