Nearly 50% of 2003 Banfi Brunello declassified according to L’Espresso

In a report published yesterday in the Italian news weekly L’Espresso, nearly 50% of Banfi’s 2003 Brunello has been declassified by Italian authorities after testing showed it did not meet appellation requirements. “Almost all of the big [wineries] involved in the [Brunello] investigation have been forced to request declassification in order to return to the shelves of supermarkets and wine stores, albeit with less prestigious lables,” writes Emiliano Fittipaldi. “Nearly 50% of Banfi’s 2003 Brunello was downgraded to IGT Toscana Rosso, and a sizable amount of its 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 vintages has met the same fate.”

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3 thoughts on “Nearly 50% of 2003 Banfi Brunello declassified according to L’Espresso

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  2. Strikingly similar to a Rocky movie. How many unprotected blows to the face and wallets are we consumers expected to take before the thug minority in many other Italian wine producing regions are also held to higher standards?

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