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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2012

jamessuckling.com
96 Points

A glorious nose to the wine with blackberries, plums, balsamic, mushrooms and bark. Floral. Some tile and terracotta undertones. Full-bodied with fine tannins and vivid, linear acidity running through the middle palate. Light toffee and smoke. Extremely long and lively. Traditional, yet very clean and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better after 2025.

August 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2012

Wine Spectator
94 Points

Solidly built, featuring a dense matrix of tannins that underlines the cherry, plum, earth, leather and tobacco notes. Vibrant, with lively acidity streamlining the fruit, tobacco and wild herb accents on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2040.

Bruce Sanderson, July 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

The Wine Advocate
95 Points

I am immediately smitten by the Biondi-Santi 2016 Rosso di Montalcino thanks to the purity of the aromas on display. The bouquet literally submerges the senses in Sangiovese, with those delicate aromas of wild rose, violets, wet earth and brambly forest berry. Background notes of licorice, camphor ash and balsam herb come into steady focus. I am delighted by the intensity and the immense focus of this wine. This Rosso di Montalcino stands with the best of Brunello...

Monica Larner, June 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2012

The Wine Advocate
97 Points

You will notice the dedication printed below the label of the wine label. It reads: "Dedicato a Franco Biondi Santi." Indeed, the Biondi-Santi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the last vintage made by the towering father figure of Brunello whom most everyone referred to as the "gentleman of Montalcino." Il Dottore, as he was also respectfully addressed, died at age 91 in April 2013, and he was very active in the winery as this magnificent wine took shape. This Riserva is a true work of beauty...

Monica Larner, June 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

Decanter
92 Points

This 'primus inter pares' has seen some upheaval while changing into French hands a couple of years ago and might herald stylistic change not welcomed by admirers of this true custodian of traditional Brunello. This Rosso di Montalcino from an outstanding vintage, with great acidity and surprisingly soft tannins clinging to the concentrated fruit, seems less austere than in the past, but is still in a class of its own.

Walter Speller, March 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2013

Wine Spectator
92 Points

Pretty cherry, strawberry, juniper, wild rosemary, iron and sanguine aromas and flavors are welded to a firm structure. This is ripe and complex, with a fine aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2036."

Bruce Sanderson, June 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011

Decanter
94 Points

Made under the traditional Biondi Santi dispensation: from a fine vintage only and from vines of more than 25 years old, with an emphasis on the celebrated BS11 clone, with three years’ ageing in large wooden vessels and a further four in bottle before release. Many of Biondi Santi’s vineyards are high-sited, and harvesting is on the early side, giving wines which are emphatically more acidic than they are tannic. This Riserva is pale and translucent (though a little deeper in hue than the 2012 Annata wine), with finely composed aromas of vellum and sued...

Andrew Jefford, March 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
95 Points

Underbrush, wild berry, rose and camphor aromas waft out of the glass along with whiffs of rosemary and graphite on this medium-bodied red. It's linear, savory and balanced, delivering red-cherry, pomegranate, star anise and white-pepper flavors set against vibrant acidity and polished tannins. It shows breeding and finesse. It's ready now or you could hold for even more complexity. Drink through 2026.

Kerin O'Keefe, May 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

jamessuckling.com
92 Points

This is a rich, flavorful Rosso with firm tannins and bright acidity. Medium body. Firm and beautiful. Hints of chocolate and spice. Drink or hold.

July 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

Wine Spectator
91 Points

Plenty of iron, sanguine and wild herb aromas lead off, while flavors of plum and cherry prevail in this rich red. Firmly structured and balanced, with the lingering finish echoing the fruit, Tuscan scrub and mineral elements. Drink now through 2028.

Bruce Sanderson, November 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2012

Wine Enthusiast
100 Points

The Riserva 2012 is a quintessential Biondi-Santi Riserva, reflecting not just the house style that made the firm famous, but it clearly shows Franco’s own hallmark of extreme elegance. The 2012 is a classic in the making, boasting enticing scents of rose, underbrush, wild red berry, new leather and underlying notes of crushed mint. It has a chiseled palate, featuring Morello cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, star anise and a hint of tobacco framed in taut, polished tannins. Firm acidity lends youthful tension and keeps it impeccably balanced.

Kerin O'Keefe, March 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2012

Vinous
96 Points

Luminous garnet red. Perfumed nose of orange peel, cinnamon, sour red cherries, strawberries, talcum powder, and old fine leather, plus sneaky hints of slightly air-dried berries (not surprising, given how hot 2012 was, even taking into consideration that Biondi-Santi is one of the first estates to pick each year). Then juicy and dense with a silky mouthfeel to the flavors of red berries, blood orange and spices. Finishes long and silky now, but this specific Brunello Riserva was especially austere in its youth and so the estate decided to release it one year later than usual for sale...

Ian D'Agata, April 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2012

Decanter
98 Points

The 2012 Riserva is the last vintage produced by Franco Biondi Santi, and so this release is dedicated to him. Of the 39 Riservas the estate has produced since the first one in 1888, Franco oversaw 24 of them. 2012 is considered a warm vintage, more dry than hot and with an advanced harvest on 10 September: quite early for a Sangiovese from higher vineyards in Montalcino. The age of the vines has helped to give the wine outstanding complexity. It shows the typical freshness of Biondi Santi with red currant, pomegranate and orris root aromas, becoming more austere on the palate...

Aldo Fiordelli, February 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

Wine & Spirits
92 Points

Produced with fruit from the estate’s young vines (less than ten years old), this Rosso is firm, its flavors of cherry and raspberry gripped by cool, ferrous tannins. The flavors flesh out with air to reveal notes of savory herbs and cherry tomato that balance the fruit tones, but this will benefit from a few years of cellaring.

Stephanie Johnson, April 2020
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2015

Vinous
94 Points

Il Greppo's 2015 Rosso di Montalcino is absolutely gorgeous. Sweet tobacco, dried red cherry, cedar, rosemary, mint and anise give the Rosso lovely aromatic complexity, but it is the wine's body and resonance that stand out most. A wine of real stature and depth, Biondi-Santi's 2015 Rosso is all class, not to mention a real overachiever in my tastings and a rare Rosso that delivers the goods big time. Sadly, it won't come cheaply.

Antonio Galloni, October 1, 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2013

The Wine Advocate
96+ Points

This is the year dottore Franco Biondi Santi would pass away, leaving the Brunello appellation orphaned because he was its most beloved and respected paternal figure. A wine shaped very much in his memory, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a stunning edition, with a tight inner core of wild fruit and natural acidity surrounded by elegant tones of blue flower, wild cherry, cured tobacco, balsam herb and camphor ash....

Monica Larner, July 31, 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2011

Robb Report
The 14 Best Wines of the Year

This rich, balanced wine has the signature brown-tinged, ruby-red color of a great Brunello (one of the few made with 100 percent Sangiovese) and is rife with both dark red fruit and earthy, herbal notes. Held back until it was perfectly ready, the 2011 vintage ($566) from this historic Tuscan estate is at its peak of drinkability. But wines of its provenance have proven to improve across decades in the cellar, too, even to the century mark...

Janice O'Leary and Sara L. Schneider , June 5, 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

Delicate scents of rose, wild berry, crushed herb and a whiff of new leather mingle together in the glass. On the linear palate, taut fine-grained tannins support dried cherry, orange zest, star anise and a hint of green tea before a rather drying finish. Drink after 2020.

June 1 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva – 2006

Decanter
96 Points

As Biondi-Santi is holding back their 2012 Riserva for another year, the estate is instead re-releasing two older Riservas from diverse vintages. The 2006 is the more muscular expression, hailing from a particularly warm, dry year. Almost 13 years after harvest, this is still closed and takes time for some cellar scents to blow off. It combines base notes of dark, wet earth with more lifted orange zest and wild strawberries...

Michaela Morris, February 2019
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Biondi-Santi
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2013

Decanter
95 Points

Due to the late start and generally cool conditions in 2013, harvest began at the end of September at Biondi-Santi, just slightly later than the average. The wine has been held back over a year longer than the denomination regulations and released in March 2019. Still embryonic and reserved, dark floral scents of violet and lilac gradually emerge before notes of sage and thyme take over. The tangy acidity of the vintage comes through brilliantly.

Michaela Morris, February 2019
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