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1997 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 91 WS
  • Variety
    Sangiovese
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SKU: 45393-1997-750-1A

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Medium ruby-garnet, with pretty aromas of blackberry, currant and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderful balance and freshness. Much better than what I remember.--1997 Italian blind retrospective.
    Author: James Suckling
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  • The Biondi-Santi estate defined Tuscan wine culture in the 19th century, beginning with Clemente Biondi Santi. The terroir on the estate was uniquely acclimated to growing Sangiovese grapes, and Clemente perfected his techniques in his time on the estate. Before his death, he taught his nephew, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, everything he knew about crafting Sangiovese. This proved essential years later, when phylloxera wiped out many crops in the region. Biondi Santi used his knowledge of clones to isolate one that was phylloxera resistant.

    In the process, he created one of the most popular clones used today, and one that produces grapes which cellar far longer than Sangiovese of the past. He produced his first bottle of Brunello di Montalcino in 1888, and since then, this vintage has become one of the most iconic in Tuscany.

    Biondi Santi releases both an Annata, or normale bottling, and a Riserva bottling, making both only in good vintages and the latter only in great. While the Annata derives from vines between the ages of ten and 15 years, the Riserva derives from older vines between 25 and 80 years of age. Both the Annata and the Riserva undergo fermentation in traditional Slavonian oak for 18 days, followed by aging in large oak casks of 800 to 7,000 liters for a period of two to three years, and the Riserva is released six years after the harvest.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 108 bottles owned
    • 29 collectors