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Biondi-Santi and the test of time

Biondi-Santi and the test of time

Walter Speller 30 Apr 2021 At Biondi-Santi everything changes so everything can stay the same. Walter grills the new team there. There is no estate in Italy more closely identified with its owners than Biondi-Santi, rooted in Montalcino for more than six generations. In the mid 19th century Ferruccio Biondi Santi (for some reason, the wine has a hyphen, the family name not) isolated several superior vines of Sangiovese on his Il Greppo estate which he subsequently propagated and from which he made a varietal wine he labelled Brunello di Montalcino. He was the first to do so. Through time...
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9 ‘Perfect’ 100-Point Brunellos You Can Buy Right Now

9 ‘Perfect’ 100-Point Brunellos You Can Buy Right Now

Experience the greatness of the Italian reds from Montalcino. By SARA L. SCHNEIDER  Photo: Craig Drollet In the rarified world of trusted wine critics, there’s a new expert in town—and she’s just given her first 100-point score to a … Brunello di Montalcino (Le Chiuse 2016, to be specific). Audrey Frick—an alum of Colorado’s beloved Frasca Food and Wine restaurant as well as its sister, Tavernetta, where she oversaw an all-Italian wine list—has joined Jeb Dunnuck (himself a veteran of Robert Parker Wine Advocate and a leading global wine critic) as a contributing editor at jebdunnuck.com. Her beat, as you might have guessed, is Italy Brunello seems an...
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9 Brunello di Montalcinos You Should Buy Right Now

9 Brunello di Montalcinos You Should Buy Right Now

If you're looking for a knockout Italian wine, you can't do much better than Brunello. By Brian Freedman  Updated April 28, 2020 TERLATO WINES / TENUTA LUCE / FRESCOBALDI TOSCANA / LE CHIUSE / CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most revered wines, and arguably represents the apex of what the Sangiovese grape is capable of. While consumers and critics often seem eternally destined to debate the relative merits of a more traditional style versus a more modern one, it’s impossible to argue that today's Brunellos represent a seriously delicious selection of wines, no matter how they’re...
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4/27/20
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How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

by Kristin Tice Studeman Can drinking a delicious glass of Tuscan wine soothe the sting of a canceled trip to Florence? Here’s one way to find out. Kristin Tice Studeman, writer, wine enthusiast, and founder of The Rosé Project, shares a few of her favorite bottles from the beloved Italian region. YOUR HOUSE - Open up a good bottle of wine from Tuscany and you can quite literally taste the picturesque, rolling hillsides and coastal breeze from the comforts of your own home. We so easily forget that good wine can be wonderfully transporting — each bottle tells a story about the place it...
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04/07/20
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Global Traveler Magazine: A Tuscan Tradition – Featuring Biondi-Santi

Global Traveler Magazine: A Tuscan Tradition – Featuring Biondi-Santi

After Seven Generations, Biondi-Santi continues to make magnificent wines "It began in the late 1800s, with Ferruccio Biondi Santi, who built on the work begun by his grandfather, Clemente Santi, and produced the first Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino. Today, seven generations later, the Biondi Santi family still produces the wine at its Tenuta Greppo estate in the Montalcino commune of Tuscany..."
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Eunice Fried, October 1, 2019
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The Wine Advocate: My Visit to Biondi-Santi

The Wine Advocate: My Visit to Biondi-Santi

Published July 31, 2019 By Monica Larner   I set off to my appointment at Il Greppo, the venerated home of Biondi-Santi. This historic estate was recently sold to France’s luxury goods firm Européenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI), and the new owners initially put in a French general manger to oversee the estate. For whatever reason, that didn’t work out. The Frenchman was replaced by an Italian—more pointedly, a Tuscan native who came to Montalcino after years as a very successful manager at Frescobaldi. This visit gave me my first opportunity to meet and spend some time with incoming General...
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Monica Larner, July 31, 2019
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Forbes: Wines of the Week: Two Great Bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Biondi-Santi)

Forbes: Wines of the Week: Two Great Bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Biondi-Santi)

Brian Freedman July 15, 2019 Any discussion about Brunello di Montalcino by definition begins with Biondi-Santi, since they were the first producer to craft the wine under that name: In one of their cellars hangs a copy of a document from the agricultural exposition of 1869 on which the supposed first reference in writing on an official form appears the name “brunello” (it’s in lower-case on the document, I was told, because the powers-that-be didn’t recognize the word as anything but a marketing ploy by the producer). How things have changed in the 150 years since then! Fast-forward to today,...
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Brian Freedman, July 15, 2019
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Forbes: The Best Wine for Celebrating Your 21st Birthday, Or Any Milestone – featuring Biondi-Santi

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...
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Katie Kelly Bell, June 28, 2019
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A Tuscan Wine Dynasty Forges A New Path

A Tuscan Wine Dynasty Forges A New Path

  Click here to read the entire article at Forbes The Biondi Santi name is inextricably linked with Brunello di Montalcino; however, future generations of this storied family may be more closely linked with Castello di Montepò in DOCG Morellino di Scansano than with their ancestral Tenute Greppo estate. The Santi history of making wine in Montalcino stretches back to the middle ages, when the family was known for their Moscadello di Montalcino, a white wine made from Muscatel grapes. In 1865 Clemente Santi was the first in the region to make high quality wine from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes,...
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, June 18, 2019
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Wine Spectator: Firmly Planted: 3 Decades of a Timeless Biondi-Santi Brunello

Wine Spectator: Firmly Planted: 3 Decades of a Timeless Biondi-Santi Brunello

[caption id="attachment_54256" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Photo by Rick Wenner[/caption] Tancredi Biondi-Santi,  7th generation family member at this historic property sat down with Wine Spectator's Bruce Sanderson and around 1,000 Brunello fans at the recent New York Wine Experience for a master class in Brunello and a tasting of select vintages dating back to 1983. Read a few key passages from Wine Spectator below: "One family. One estate. One clone of Sangiovese. Fermentation with native yeasts, 36 months of aging in Slavonion oak casks, two years of aging in bottle. “Every riserva is vinified in the same way,” said seventh-generation family member Tancredi Biondi...
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Wilson Daniels, October 23 2018
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