In the $50+ range, the 2013 Banfi Summus from Tuscany, has 14% alcohol and at only seven years old, it’s drinking quite well. It scored 18 gold medal points on the Dionysian scale. It’s a wine everyone will enjoy.

It’s rich, big, mouth-filling flavors linger. The nose has black cherry, blueberry, and a smoky blackberry. The wood shows.


This is an Italian wine that compete with France and the best from California. Serve it at a special meal. The wine was still garnet and could age another decade or more easily.

It had not sediment, but was still decanted to help it open more quickly for dinner. The tannins are soft  and with air, a hint of pleasant licorice began to show. Get one. In Vino Veritas.