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DESPITE EARLY HARVEST SHOWERS, ITALIAN WINE MAKER PREDICTS A 'FOUR STAR' VINTAGE AT CASTELLO BANFI

 DESPITE EARLY HARVEST SHOWERS, ITALIAN WINE MAKER
 PREDICTS A 'FOUR STAR' VINTAGE AT CASTELLO BANFI
 MONTALCINO, Italy, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Though production will be limited because of erratic weather conditions during harvest, forecasts for one of Italy's premier wine-making estates promise superior red and white wines for the 1991 vintage.
 According to Dott. Ezio Rivella, chief enologist of Castello Banfi, Montalcino, Tuscany, this vintage marked two significant events at the Tuscan estate: it was the 10th harvest since vines were first planted in 1978, and the most difficult harvest on record because of adverse weather.
 "Many regions in Italy suffered this year because of two severe frosts in March and April, and heavy late-summer showers," said Rivella. "For Castello Banfi, two key factors prevailed, allowing us to have a successful year: our location, which isolates us from most, but not all, of nature's torrents, and our organization, which allowed us to maximize our picking opportunities when the weather was good. Overall, our yield was only 10 percent lower than '90."
 The result of the two factors will be evident in the estate's trademark red grape, Brunello, which Rivella predicted will be a "four star" wine. The estate's other reds -- Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir -- will be of equal caliber, he said, already showing "good color, structure and alcohol content."
 The white wines of Castello Banfi, which include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, are described as being elegant and lively, "in all, well structured."
 When asked to comment on the success of other key Italian wine regions, he said that because of prevailing bad weather the country is best described as a "leopard's coat -- some spots were good, others were bad, in most cases it came down to the organization of the estate and the cooperation of Mother Nature."
 According to Rivella, many producers had to either delay picking their grapes, or did not pick them at all because of the rain, and Botrytis has destroyed them.
 The unique microclimate in Montalcino, which has proven so vital to successful winegrowing at Castello Banfi, is created by Mount Amiata to the south, which collects the summer storms coming from that direction, while the Apennine Mountains to the north protect the vineyards from chilling Alpine blasts.
 "In 10 years, we've had 10 successful vintages," said Rivella. "I believe that, in itself, tells the whole story."
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 /CONTACT: Carm Tintle or David Wagner of Banfi Vintners, 516-626-9200/ CO: Castello Banfi ST: IN: FOD SU:


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