Forbes: The Best Wine for Celebrating Your 21st Birthday, Or Any Milestone – featuring Biondi-Santi
“When my firstborn celebrated his 21st birthday last year we honored the milestone with a gift I purchased over a decade ago—-a 21 year-old wine. Let’s be clear, not all wines are meant to be consumed 21 years past their vintage date, but some are made precisely for that reason. Finding a wine that improves with 20 or more years of age is not impossible, but why not purchase one that defined winemaking history as well? Biondi-Santi Riserva Brunello di Montalcino is that wine.
Montalcino is a walled medieval village that sits high on a hilltop overlooking Tuscany and Brunello di Montalcino is the defining wine of the region. The wines here are made from Sangiovese Grosso, a clone of Sangiovese, and they tend to be powerful, tannic and spiced when consumed young. With age (20 years is just the beginning), these wines unfold into sophisticated expressions of beauty with evocative notes of cooked cherry, exotic spices, crushed rose petal and soft, supple leather. If you are trying to convert your child into a wine lover, aged Brunello di Montalcino is a good place to start…”