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2001 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Sangiovese
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SKU: 45393-2001-750

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  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    Biondi-Santi's 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as terrific in bottle as it was when I tasted it from cask last year. A dark, translucent red, it reveals superb freshness in its aromatics, with notes of small red fruits, spices, flowers, mint and anise that you could get lost in. It is perhaps less rewarding on the palate today, but its class is amply evident in the purity of its fruit and silkiness of its tannins. This is a wine built for tertiary development that will occur over the following years and decades. Readers who appreciate classically built, age-worthy wines and have the time to wait will find much to admire. In the meantime, this Brunello is all about potential, and there is plenty of that here. It is a great effort.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Biondi-Santi's 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as terrific in bottle as it was when I tasted it from cask last year. A dark, translucent red, it reveals superb freshness in its aromatics, with notes of small red fruits, spices, flowers, mint and anise that you could get lost in. It is perhaps less rewarding on the palate today, but its class is amply evident in the purity of its fruit and silkiness of its tannins. This is a wine built for tertiary development that will occur over the following years and decades. Readers who appreciate classically built, age-worthy wines and have the time to wait will find much to admire. In the meantime, this Brunello is all about potential, and there is plenty of that here. It is a great effort.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Medium light, bright ruby. Captivating aromas of underripe red cherry, redcurrant, orange zest, tobacco and leather, all lifted by a lovely floral twist. Lean and penetrating on entry, then fleshier in the middle and concentrated, with enticing sour red cherry, almond and plum flavors. Bright, almost shrill acids give the flavors laser-like precision and a very clean, pure quality on the extremely long, fine-grained finish. Paradigmatic old-school Brunello but with a degree of flesh and concentration not always apparent here in recent vintages. Given my experience with these Brunellos (I recently had the 1970, 1964, and 1955, all still in fine form), I'd say this one will be around longer than you or I will.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: June/July 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Pure and elegant, offering cherry, floral, cedar and sage flavors, showing some heft on the palate, with dense tannins coupled to a silky texture. Focused on the primary Sangiovese fruit, this has not developed the complex bouquet of the older vintages. Tannins still rule the finish, with cherry, tobacco and mineral elements.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Solid if not spectacular
    Author: Stephen G41
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

  • 203 bottles owned
  • 43 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 43 collectors)