Monty Waldin on Decanter’s claim that Banfi has been “cleared of Brunello adulteration”

In case you don’t know him already, “Monty Waldin, a British wine writer who has been living in Italy for the last few years, is one of the best known commentators on (and advocates of) biodynamic wine growing.” — Jamie Goode

Here’s just part of what British television wine personality and wine writer Monty Waldin had to say about Decanter’s post on Friday claiming that Banfi has been “cleared of Brunello adulteration”:

    Decanter also swallowed a press release last year in which Brunello’s biggest winery Banfi declared itself as innocent — when this was absolutely not the case as the Siena prosecutor subsequently made perfectly clear. Although some (most in fact) of the wineries who were investigated have not been charged others — perhaps with something to hide, perhaps not — have taken the option of plea bargaining pre-trial (a perfectly legitimate option in Italy if you, ahem, feel you may have broken the “Brunello must be 100% Sangiovese” rule).

Monty posted his thoughts on Jancis Robinson’s pay-per-view site and Franco was gracious enough to repost them at Vino al Vino.

Read the entire post here.

Evidently, Franco and I are not the only ones outraged by Decanter’s egregiously disinformational post. Today, I’m trying to get to the bottom of what actually happened in their editorial offices. Stay tuned…

2 thoughts on “Monty Waldin on Decanter’s claim that Banfi has been “cleared of Brunello adulteration”

  1. Ah yes Brunello. It’s time we leave that wine for what it most of the time is. Overpowered Chianti. Better get the Rosso.
    Never had a Brunello for wich a would happily pay the silly amounts of money they charge. And yes i didn’t only taste Banfi, Biondi etc. There are more interesting wines to be found. It’s tourist wine, like most of the big name wines in Italy. Barolo anyone?

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