Biondi-Santi

Tuscany, Italy

Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • The Rosso di Montalcino 2016 was mostly produced with our proprietary clone of Sangiovese Grosso called BBS11, which was identified and selected by Biondi-Santi at Tenuta Greppo. For this wine we exclusively used grapes from the youngest vines with less than 10 years of age. Harvest 2016 has much to show. It is a vintage characterized by intense, fruity aromas and a vibrant acidity which bodes well for a long life – even for the youngest wine of Tenuta Greppo, the Rosso di Montalcino. This wine charms with its immediate generosity, both on the nose and on the palate, and exhibits a distinct personality, typical of Tenuta Greppo.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards
    • Vine Age: 10+ years
    • Clones: BBS 11
  • Vintage Report

    • After a rainy and temperate spring the summer brought warmth and stability. The autumn was quite hot and characterized by high day-night temperature swings which aided the aromatic charge of the grapes. We started to pick our grapes on the 19th of September.

  • Vinification

    • At harvest the grapes displayed a perfect balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. Traditional red wine vinification at controlled temperatures.

    • Aging: 12 months in Slavonian oak
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso (BBS11 Clone)
  • Tasting Notes

    • A bright ruby red color, this elegant Rosso di Montalcino opens with a veritable explosion of sweet fruity aromas, going from small berry fruits such as raspberries and red currant, to cherries, plums and pomegranate, interwoven with flowery notes of violets and wisteria in flower and delicately tickled by hints of fresh Mediterranean herbs. The structure is firm and vibrant and the flavor profile is refreshing and sincere, leading to a long, savoury finish where hints of violets and red fruits linger.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve at 18°C- 64°F; Uncork and remove a small amount of wine from the bottle at least 1 or 2 hours before serving.

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Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Biondi-Santi Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016 – James Suckling – 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.

  • Biondi-Santi Rosso di Montalcino DOC – 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – Editor’s Choice – 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.

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