Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva
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...
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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...
A supple, harmonious red, showing some softening, with cherry, leather and wild herb flavors well-integrated into the lacy structure. Reveals a lingering essence of sweet fruit, black tea and graphite on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.