Monty on Banfi's acquittal


28 Oct  - In yesterday's vote in Montalcino, 96% of Brunello producers voted to maintain the status quo in terms of varietal requirement that all Brunello be made from 100% Sangiovese grapes.

Banfi, the US-owned dominant Montalcino producer whose Brunello 2003 was sequestered for analysis on suspicion of containing grapes other than Sangiovese, made the following announcement last week:

The Siena Prosecutor’s office has de-sequestered Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2003 after determining that the wine fully corresponds to the rules of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. Remaining stocks were cleared for shipment to world markets, satisfying demand not already...