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2016 Biondi Santi, Brunello di Montalcino 'Riserva', Tuscany

Biondi Santi is considered the “original” creator of Brunello. The first recorded mention of a Brunello was Clemente Santi’s award-winning 'select red wine (Brunello) of 1865' from his family’s Greppo estate in Montalcino at a local fair in 1867. The family has produced this wine continuously ever since, and bottles of 1888 Riservas still exist in the family cellars. As Brunello became popular and much more widely produced in the second half of the 20th century, with many producers pushing for shorter aging in smaller oak barrels or the addition of international grapes to the wines, Franco Biondi-Santi remained a staunch advocate of the traditional style of Brunello his family had crafted for over 100 years. Franco Biondi-Santi passed away in 2013 at the age of 91. His son and daughter, Jacopo and Alessandra, now helm the estate.

Why do we like it?

The Riserva is really special, this wine is only made in exceptional years and is sourced from vines older than 25 years. The increased age of the vines is the key difference between the Riserva and the standard Brunello. Post ferment it spent 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels. The 2016 is the 42nd vintage of this wine ever produced. The 2016 is a superb vintage, the wine is sumptous with a very attractive aromatic on the nose and layers of flavours on the palate. Dried sour cherries and herbs, liquorice, dried mushroom, the density is much higher and the depth is unbelievable compare to the Brunello. A wine you can keep as long as you like simply, to open between wine lovers or for a special occasion!

Grape           Sangiovese

Country        Italy                                            

Region          Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino                               

Vintage         2011

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