Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (3x75cl)

Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (3x75cl)

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• 2012 has best average score from Wine Advocate and Vinous of any vintage.

• 2012 is the final vintage made by the legendary Franco Biondi Santi, who passed away in April 2013.

• 2012 has a special label “Dedicato a Franco Biondi Santi” that will make it forever especially collectable (see below)

• 2012 is the lowest priced top vintage of this wine (when special label bottles usually command a significant premium).

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  • Year 2012
  • Colour Red
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • Sub Region Brunello di Montalcino
  • Designation
  • Pack Size 3x75cl
  • ABV 13.5°
  • Drinking Window 2024 - 2050
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 117468720120300750
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Biondi Santi

About Biondi Santi

The Biondi Santi family is synonymous with Brunello di Montalcino, holding the first recorded mention and being the only Domaine to continuously produce it. Their wines have incredible ageing potential which the Bondi Santis demonstrate by their occasional vertical tastings of Brunello riservas.

 

One of the most esteemed producers of Brunello di Montalcino, Biondi-Santi has a rich history dotted with numerous accolades, including being credited as the family who invented the 100% Sangiovese-based wine in the late 1800s, and therefore, “the estate that put Brunello di Montalcino on the map” (Galloni, Wine Advocate, Apr 2010).

 

The birth of Biondi-Santi’s Brunello di Montalcino probably dates to the Agrarian Exhibition of Montepulciano in 1869, where “a select red wine (Brunello) of 1865" made by Clemente Santi was mentioned and received a prize - an astounding feat almost mirroring the Judgment of Paris, as the French considered themselves to the only producers of high-quality wines at that time. A pharmaceutical graduate who was well-versed in chemistry and owned vast estates in Montalcino and Pienza, Clemente Santi channelled his expertise into improving the quality of his grapes, especially on a plot called Greppo. The name Biondi Santi formally came into existence after Clemente’s daughter, Caterina, married a doctor, Jacopo Biondi.

 

As each generation made gradual improvements over the next century and a half, the estate grew from strength to strength, making world-famous Brunellos that won critical acclaim worldwide.

 

These remain some of the most rigorous, age-worthy Brunellos readers will come across. Traditional vinification and ageing in large, neutral casks are the rules. Ideally, the wines are best left in the cellar for at least a decade after release, but readers will have a very hard time exercising such restraint here. These are magnificent Brunellos.” – Galloni (Wine Advocate, Apr 2010)

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