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Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004

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Danielle Cenerilli of Gambero Rosso gave 100 points! "I was lucky enough to have a preview taste of Brunello di Montalcino Reserve 2004 Biondi Santi. It seemed magnificent version to me, worth of the best ones, and if it will resist the passing of time - as I'm pretty sure it will - it will recall us the glory days of '55 and '64. It has a vivid ruby garnet color, just a bit more concentrated than I expected. Scents are classic Brunello, with notes of black cherry and tobacco in the foreground, but also hints of blackcurrant and rhubarb complete a wide and strong olfactory spectrum. I think there are the right conditions for a very interesting outsourcing, not as balmy as in '75, but with smoked hints as in '55 and '83. In the palate it has an extractive sweetness...No bitter aftertaste, indeed, but sweet and hot notes that accompany in a very long finale. A rich but elegant and typical wine, a reference point for the next Brunello di Montalcino releases, which summarizes a great territorial coherence with a rare elegance. Therefore I dare to give a 100/100 rating to an Italian wine...The 2004 Reserve really hit me in my soul. Not only it is a great wine, but it is something you can't really do without once you've tasted it. I'm not usually moved by things around me, and I taste so many wines that I have to stay a little bit detached in the end. But from an old passionate as I am, when I drink wines like that I still feel excited like a beginner. Otherwise, I wouldn't have written about it on the forum." 02/10

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Franco Biondi Santi was born in Montalcino in 1922, and died in 2013, survived by his wife Maria Floria, their children Jacopo and Alessandra, and four grandchildren.   Franco Biondi Santi's grandfather, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, invented Brunello di Montalcino in the late 1800s. Franco himself learned the winemaking craft from his father, Tancredi. When Franco inherited the family... Read more
Franco Biondi Santi was born in Montalcino in 1922, and died in 2013, survived by his wife Maria Floria, their children Jacopo and Alessandra, and four grandchildren.   Franco Biondi Santi's grandfather, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, invented Brunello di Montalcino in the late 1800s. Franco himself learned the winemaking craft from his father, Tancredi. When Franco inherited the family’s Greppo estate in 1970, he kept to his father’s traditions while also improving quality. He remained at the helm of the family firm, Tenuta Il Greppo, until his death, overseeing every aspect of the vineyards and the winemaking.   In July 1971 Burton Anderson, a young journalist for the International Herald Tribune, went to visit Franco Biondi Santi at Tenuta Il Greppo in Montalcino after being inspired by his Brunello Riserva 1964. The meeting motivated him to write his first wine article on Biondi Santi's wines and inaugurated his career as a wine writer.   During World War Two, Franco helped his father wall up the family’s old Riservas just before the Front passed through the area in 1944. Years later, he held a number of vertical tastings with these Riservas—going back to the late 1800s—that demonstrated the wine's aging capacity. The winery has maintained a non-interventionist approach in the cellar, fermenting the wine only by means of native yeasts and using only large, neutral Slavonian casks, as Sangiovese is naturally rich in tannins and does not need to be supplemented by the wood tannins imparted by small barriques. He was always a defender of a 100% Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino, even at times when his wines were considered old-fashioned.   In 1990 he led a campaign to successfully block a massive landfill planned for the outskirts of Montalcino that would have put Brunello production at risk. Read less

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Danielle Cenerilli of Gambero Rosso gave 100 points! "I was lucky enough to have a preview taste of Brunello di Montalcino Reserve 2004 Biondi Santi. It seemed magnificent version to me, worth of the best ones, and if it will resist the passing of time - as I'm pretty sure it will - it will recall us the glory days of '55 and '64. It has a vivid ruby garnet color, just a bit more concentrated than I expected. Scents are classic Brunello, with notes of black cherry and tobacco in the foreground, but also hints of blackcurrant and rhubarb complete a wide and strong olfactory spectrum. I think there are the right conditions for a very interesting outsourcing, not as balmy as in '75, but with smoked hints as in '55 and '83. In the palate it has an extractive sweetness...No bitter aftertaste, indeed, but sweet and hot notes that accompany in a very long finale. A rich but elegant and typical wine, a reference point for the next Brunello di Montalcino releases, which summarizes a great territorial coherence with a rare elegance. Therefore I dare to give a 100/100 rating to an Italian wine...The 2004 Reserve really hit me in my soul. Not only it is a great wine, but it is something you can't really do without once you've tasted it. I'm not usually moved by things around me, and I taste so many wines that I have to stay a little bit detached in the end. But from an old passionate as I am, when I drink wines like that I still feel excited like a beginner. Otherwise, I wouldn't have written about it on the forum." 02/10

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