• Rosso di Montalcino "Greppo" DOC 2017

      Rosso di Montalcino “Greppo” DOC 2017

      The Rosso di Montalcino comes from slightly younger Brunello vines and is aged for 12 months in large oak barrels. It undoubtedly bears the signature of the top winery Biondi Santi: delicately sweet open bouquet of red berries, flowers and clove. The Rosso, like all the other wines of the winery, is of classic and firm style, with a bombastic structure and a brilliant, long finish. True to the house, it also has a long ageing potential and can compete with some Brunellos of the appellation today and the day after tomorrow. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Pale ruby. Lifted, complex nose of raspberry and rhubarb with minerally, iron notes and dark, wet earth. Pure and a little austere with fine persistent tannins. Transparent and a little vibrant on the finish and there is nothing that could point to a very hot and dry year. Needs lots of air." Jancis Robinson

      "The Rosso speaks eloquently of the hot, dry 2017 vintage. Aromas are as generous as Tuscany's summer with all of its fragrant flowers. The palate offers plum, blood orange and riper cherry than usual but steers clear of over-ripeness. While tannins are soft and gentle, the acidity is brilliantly assertive and mouth-cleansing. This demonstrates remarkable freshness with alcohol kept masterfully in check." Decanter

      "There's a purity and savory refinement to the 2017 Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo that transcends the expectations of this warm and dry vintage. A perfumed display of wild strawberries, fresh roses, violets and a dusting of minerals lift up from the glass. Its textures are silky, carried across a feminine frame, with bright cherries and inner herbal tones that find vibrancy through a core of brilliant acidity. Nuanced tannins and dried berries linger, leaving a lightly structured yet very pretty impression. This is a great introduction to the Biondi-Santi portfolio and deserves the moniker of "Baby Brunello''. That said, the 2017 could use another year of cellaring to further unlock its inner beauty." Vinous

      "Pure, fresh, supple and infused with cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors, this Rosso is ready to roll. Fine harmony and finesse add interest, finishing with mineral and tobacco elements." Wine Spectator

      "Beautiful, sweet and ripe fruit on the nose with hints of wild flowers. It's full-bodied with soft, round tannins that caress the palate. Long, flavorful finish. Gorgeous finish. A hint of chocolate nicely complements the fruit here. Delicious now, but can improve with age." James Suckling

      "Intensely fragrant, this has enticing scents of rose, violet and woodland berries that gain complexity thanks to a whiff of camphor. It's savory and polished, offering juicy red cherry, pomegranate and star anise before a white pepper finish. Surprisingly tangy acidity for the hot vintage and smooth tannins keep it balanced." Wine Enthusiast

      "Here's a wine that proudly opens a new chapter for Montalcino's celebrated Rosso. The Biondi-Santi 2017 Rosso di Montalcino opens to immediately recognized Sangiovese character, presented in a soft, delicate and nuanced manner. The wine pours from its distinctive yellow-labeled bottle to a beautifully mild garnet color with dark sepia accents. As it takes on oxygen in the glass, the wine reveals a slow progression of wild berry, rose, tar, spice and tilled earth. There are faint traces of caramel, candied orange and wild mountain herb. The 2017 growing season delivered ample heat and drought, but the new winemaking team at Il Greppo has taken on these challenges with grace and expertise. On the close, this Rosso shows its characteristic acidity and just enough structure to promise good aging potential." Robert Parker

      • Bibenda:
      • Doctor Wine:93 points
      • Robert Parker:94+ points
      • Vinous:92 points
      • Wine Spectator :92 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Decanter :92 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 18 months wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 28,25 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,15 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,28 g/l
      • Sulfite: 79 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,40
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2034+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" DOCG 2015

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” DOCG 2015

      Medium-light ruby red. Very open and graceful nose of red fruits, violets, tobacco, rose petals and some thyme. Full and juicy on the palate, with nice polish and subtle extract sweetness, expansively harmonious with pleasant freshness and hints of pomegranate, pepper and sour cherry. Long lasting with great depth, well-dosed tannin and fresh acidity - made for a long life in all its facets, but already very accessible today. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Sparkling ruby with a pronounced garnet tongue. Very precise and finely marked nose, appears very polished, of fresh, ripe cherries, also cranberry, plus some cardamom and ginger. On the palate grippy, dense tannin, spreads out richly, still seems extremely young, lots of power for long maturity." Falstaff

      "Palish ruby. Balsamic brooding nose with hints of sour cherry, raspberry and damson. With aeration more and more complex and multi-layered. Embryonic and tight with powdery tannins and gorgeous supple acidity. At the moment still a little aloof but with fantastic balance and a cool perfumed finish." Jancis Robinson

      "Aromas of licorice, tobacco and new leather mingle with ripe woodland berry and balsamic whiffs of camphor. The aromas follow over to the full-bodied, rather concentrated palate along with dried cherry and ground clove framed in firm tannins. Reflecting the heat of the vintage combined with the absence of the late Franco Biondi Santi's restraint, you'll also detect the warmth of alcohol on the close. It's riper and more approachable than the house style fans of the estate are accustomed to." Wine Enthusiast

      "A combination of plum and cherry fruit and juicy texture introduces this lithe, intense red, which tightens up as it builds to the finish, where a mineral element and fine-grained tannins reign. This lingers, leaving a mouthwatering impression." Wine Spectator

      "The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Annata is an understated beauty that takes some time to blossom in the glass. It's a sweetly spiced and floral expression of the vintage, blending ripe cherries and strawberries with dusty earth, hints of sage and violets. A refreshing air of mint and lavender develops over time. It's elegance personified on the palate, seamless and silky-smooth, with a classic and pure expression of red fruits and saline-minerals, as fine tannins slowly mount toward the close. Hints of licorice, white pepper and savory herbs linger through the lightly structured finale. While youthfully firm, the 2015 is already so enjoyable today, yet a few years of cellaring will reveal even further depths. I tasted the 2015 tasted multiple times over the course of a day and it only got better with air. Simply stunning!" Vinous

      "The new team at Biondi-Santi assembled this with the family after multiple tastings of each cask. The objective was to preserve the estate's signature freshness and mitigate heady alcohol from the relatively late harvest at the end of September. The result truly is balanced. It is an extroverted, dark-toned Brunello with black cherries, currants, violets and fragrant earth. Pure and elegant with radiant acidity, the palate possesses beautiful inner-mouth perfume and a saliva-inducing, minerally underscore. For all of its suppleness and velvetiness, there is still a welcome firmness and assertiveness not always found in 2015." Decanter

      "This is so transparent and beautiful with clarity. Cherry, plum, strawberry, and berry character with some stone and orange. It's full-bodied and very linear and round with balance and refinement. The tannins are fine and very powdery in texture. Excellent depth. Ripe, yet so energetic. Fresh, vivid and round." James Suckling

      "The Biondi-Santi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino exudes dark, velvety fruit and concentration while maintaining the signature elegance, suppleness and lithe personalty that distinguishes the iconic Il Greppo estate. I found this new release to be quite distinctive and exquisitely beautiful, setting it apart from many of the past vintages we are most familiar with. This 2015 edition is dark, exuberant and bold, but precise, focused and sharp as well. It will live for years in your cellar, but tasted now in its infancy, the wine shows blackberry, dried cherry, plum and dark cassis. Those dark fruit tones segue to a rich presentation of tar, spice, earth, tobacco and sweet balsam herb. The bouquet offers seamless and smooth transitions. This warm and sunny growing season favored richness and phenolic weight. Wines from Biondi-Santi are made for the long haul, and the fresh acidity that characterizes this estate is the principle reason why. However, I'd argue that this wine from 2015 will evolve over the years not only thanks to the freshness but more so thanks to the important structure of this solid and profound wine." Robert Parker

      • Robert Parker:97+ points
      • Vinous:95 points
      • Wine Spectator :95 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Decanter :96 points
      • Falstaff:96 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 36 months wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,36 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,35 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,45 g/l
      • Sulfite: 72 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,29
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2046+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" Riserva DOCG 2011

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” Riserva DOCG 2011

      Lavish Brunello Riserva with a bouquet of sweet black cherries, frankincense, liquorice and tobacco. The 2011 vintage brings incredible depth, immense fullness and a great personality. SUPERIORE.DE

      "This hot and dry year has created a Riserva that, by Biondi-Sandi standards, is an unusually early source of drinking pleasure. Subdued, but very noble aromas of pickled red berries, also a touch of coffee beans, leaves and dried herbs. In the palate densely woven, with fine-grained tannin and beautiful enamel." Vinum

      "Brilliant, rich ruby with a slight garnet edge. Compact, multi-layered nose with notes of raspberries, pickled cherries, some saffron. Fine-meshed tannin on the palate, unfolds with great elegance, fine cherry fruit, echoes for a very long time, salty." Falstaff

      "Mid ruby with orange tinges. Deep yet locked nose hinting at ripeness. Gorgeous, chewy, minerally cherry fruit with lots of powdery tannins. Very long, fine and tannic for the moment, but a little more approachable than the normal BS 2011 Brunello, from what I remember." Jancis Robinson

      "Aromas of plums and light caramel and hazelnuts. Full body, a solid core of fruit and chewy tannins. A little dusty now. Need a couple of years to soften." James Suckling

      "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva makes a bold and more articulate statement (compared to the 2012 Annata wine released at the same time). That extra year of aging has contributed to more powerful aromas of dark fruit, balsam herb and spice. There is extra fiber and texture here overall. This Riserva shows a higher degree of density and a tighter embroidery with dark fruit, spice and tobacco. Both 2011 and 2012 are warm vintages, and the wines produced do not boast the same level of bright acidity that you normally get from this estate. But, if there's one thing the wines of Biondi-Santi have demonstrated over the years, it is that they get better with time. Set this bottle aside in your cellar." Robert Parker

      "Dark red. Musky nuances give way to brighter red fruit, licorice and herbal aromas. Rich and dense, with flavors of red cherry and minerals lifted by hints of orange peel and bergamot, not to mention noteworthy but harmonious acidity. Finishes long with youthfully chewy tannins and lingering hints of violet. This strikes me as a slightly readier to drink version of Brunello Riserva from Biondi-Santi, but as always, it improves greatly with aeration so decant at least six hours ahead for maximum enjoyment." Ian d’Agata (vinous.com)

      "Beautifully balanced, this opens with alluring scents of wild berry, rose, baking spice and whiffs of chopped herb. Seamlessly combining ripe fruit and the firm's trademark finesse, the bright elegantly structured palate delivers juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and a hint of black tea framed in polished tannins and fresh acidity. It's already tempting but the best is yet to come."(Cellar Selection) Wine Enthusiast

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Bibenda:
      • Vitae:
      • Doctor Wine:94 points
      • Robert Parker:92 points
      • Vinous:94 points
      • James Suckling:92 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:96 points
      • Vinum:18 points
      • Falstaff:93 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 42 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,20 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,35 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,80 g/l
      • ph-Value: 3,20
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2045+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" Riserva DOCG 2012

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” Riserva DOCG 2012

      "I have always preferred balanced wines and wines with a special character. Wines that have a balanced relationship between body, smell, tannins and acidity. Old and also very old wines that have matured without losing their characteristic features. Wines that reflect the tradition of the wine-growing area and the local diversity". Franco Biondi Santi

      Only 38 vintages of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva have been available since 1888 - 24 of which were produced under the direction of Franco Biondi Santi. 2012 Riserva is the last vintage supervised and dedicated to Franco himself. A milestone in the history of Biondi Santi. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Warm, but not too hot summer, some precipitation at the end of August, September then cooling off; harvest on 10 September. Bright, powerful ruby-garnet, brightening edge. In the nose notes of fresh cherries, lots of pomegranate, in the background some saffron. Dense, powerful tannin characterizes the course, opens in many layers, salty and deep, has everything for a long life!" Falstaff

      "A glorious nose to the wine with blackberries, plums, balsamic, mushrooms and bark. Floral. Some tile and terracotta undertones. Full-bodied with fine tannins and vivid, linear acidity running through the middle palate. Light toffee and smoke. Extremely long and lively. Traditional, yet very clean and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better after 2025." James Suckling

      "Luminous garnet red. Perfumed nose of orange peel, cinnamon, sour red cherries, strawberries, talcum powder, and old fine leather, plus sneaky hints of slightly air-dried berries (not surprising, given how hot 2012 was, even taking into consideration that Biondi-Santi is one of the first estates to pick each year). Then juicy and dense with a silky mouthfeel to the flavors of red berries, blood orange and spices. Finishes long and silky now, but this specific Brunello Riserva was especially austere in its youth and so the estate decided to release it one year later than usual for sale. The wine carries an extra label "Dedicato a Franco Biondi Santi” (dedicated to Franco Biondi Santi) who passed away in 2013; CEO Giampiero Bertolino explained to me that everyone at the estate believed this wine was a real snapshot of Franco and the Brunellos he most enjoyed drinking, and so it was decided to dedicate it to him. Actually, there’s an air-dried quality to this wine that is absolutely enchanting, if in my opinion not altogether typical of Franco’s work. No matter, it’s one of the top three Brunello Riservas of the 2012 vintage." Vinous

      "You will notice the dedication printed below the label of the wine label. It reads: "Dedicato a Franco Biondi Santi." Indeed, the Biondi-Santi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the last vintage made by the towering father figure of Brunello whom most everyone referred to as the "gentleman of Montalcino." Il Dottore, as he was also respectfully addressed, died at age 91 in April 2013, and he was very active in the winery as this magnificent wine took shape. This Riserva is a true work of beauty. It is released one year later than usual. The wine reflects the natural heft and power of the 2012 vintage, and it also shows that distinctive open-knit and accessible personality that characterizes this warm and sunny growing season. Il Dottore's magic touch is revealed in the level of fine detail and precision that transcends vintage, grape and territory. That extreme focus is an achievement of this estate alone located in the celebrated Il Greppo property. This Brunello pours from the bottle with a magnificent garnet color, and it evolves in the glass with dark fruit, candied orange peel, spice, licorice, anise seed, cola and balsam herb. The aromas are magical and ethereal, albeit slightly ripe and soft as expected of this vintage." Robert Parker

      "2012 is considered a warm vintage, more dry than hot and with an advanced harvest on 10 September: quite early for a Sangiovese from higher vineyards in Montalcino. The age of the vines has helped to give the wine outstanding complexity. It shows the typical freshness of Biondi Santi with red currant, pomegranate and orris root aromas, becoming more austere on the palate with rhubarb radice flavour, firm acidity and firm yet ripe tannins. The extraction is great and the tight-knit integration between fruit and structural elements gives it the depth to age for decades." Decanter

      "This is the final Riserva to benefit from the late Franco Biondi Santi's masterful hand. It boasts enticing scents of rose, underbrush, red berry, new leather and crushed mint. The chiseled palate features succulent Morello cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, star anise and a hint of tobacco, all framed in taut, polished tannins. Firm acidity lends youthful tension and keeps it impeccably balanced." Wine Enthusiast

      • Bibenda:
      • Doctor Wine:100 points
      • Robert Parker:97 points
      • Vinous:96 points
      • James Suckling:96 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:100 points
      • Decanter :98 points
      • Falstaff:98 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 42 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,85 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,48 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,56 g/l
      • Sulfite: 79 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,31
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2050+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" Riserva DOCG 2013

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” Riserva DOCG 2013

      Energy and elegance are the hallmarks of the 2013 Brunello vintage. The top wines are stunning, with a vibrancy that is missing in many of the muscular, approachable and higher alcohol Brunellos from recent vintages. However, the 2013s will also require some patience to reach their maximum potential. In contrast to the extremely warm, dry years that have become the norm in Montalcino since the mid-1990s (the exceptions being 1998, 2002 and 2005), the 2013 vintage was a reminiscence of the past. It was a cool year with lots of rain in spring and the first half of summer.

      So in 2013 in particular, it was especially important to find the right harvest. The 2013 Riserva presents itself multilayered, silky and translucent, but also with remarkable depth, power and the classic Biondi Santi austerity that will only reward the patient connoisseur. On the nose, which opens slowly with aeration, there are delicate hints of vibrant red cherry, underbrush and flint. Rich, dense and supple, with outstandingly precise red berry and mineral flavours accompanied by delicate notes of liquorice, chestnut and underbrush. The finish is very long and pure, with a seamless quality of classic Sangiovese flavours. Very promising and perfectly poised for the future! SUPERIORE.DE

      "Shiny, intense ruby with a pronounced garnet tongue. Opens with slightly earthy notes, black truffle, also some anchovy, then lots of ripe plum, balsamic notes in the background. Very good volume in the attack, fills the palate immediately and full, lots of juicy cherry fruit, shows fine-meshed tannin in many layers, very good tension, spicy notes of coriander seeds in the final, salty." Falstaff

      "Day one: Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Cool yet intense and complex on the nose. Contained yet deep. Minerally notes of cherry and blood orange. Compact transparent and with embryonic austerity. Reluctant to show it all, but the balance is sheer perfection. Finely powdered tannins and an elegant, medium palate weight. Furls up quickly on the finish into a dormant state. Needs at least half a decade more in bottle.
      Day two: Just mid ruby with orange tinges. More brooding and introvert on the nose than yesterday, but no signs at all of oxidation. Great purity of fruit. Minerally peppery hints. Quite closed but exceedingly fine on the palate with finely chiselled tannins and succulent cherry and raspberry fruit. It's all a tad better integrated showing this wine needs a lot of bottle age. Transparent and long, but closes up on the finish.
      Day three: Just mid ruby with broad orange rim. The nose is even more closed than the day before, but absolutely no signs of oxidation. Cool sour-cherry nose with a peppery tingle. Great depth, but brooding rather than expressive. Notes of iron. Racy, but stubborn palate firmly closed on the fruit and fine long powdery tannins. After having been open for over 72 hours it is still too young to approach." Jancis Robinson

      "The 2013 vintage is the estate's latest Riserva to be released, the winery's 40th Riserva since 1888 and the first vintage in over 40 years without the leadership of Franco Biondi-Santi. Due to rainstorms in September, the family delayed picking until the end of the month, making 2013 a relatively late harvest for Biondi-Santi. Classic sour red cherry notes are accented by orange, sandalwood and fennel. The palate charms with its savoury expression, finely textured sandy tannins and underlying minerality. Understated and refined, it flows gracefully but will nevertheless benefit from a couple of years in the cellar." Decanter

      "Tense and elegant, this red evokes strawberry, cherry, floral, iron and rosemary aromas and flavors. Harmonious in its linear profile and smooth, yet with adequate tannins for a long life ahead. The fresh finish balances fruit and balsamic elements." Wine Spectator

      "A fresh, linear 2013 with cherry, mushroom and cedar character. Lots of blue fruit as well. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, polished tannins and a creamy finish. Still very tight, this needs time to open if you want to drink it now, Try decanting two or three hours in advance." James Suckling

      "Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this stunning red still shows the estate's hallmark of elegance and structure, opening with enticing scents of rose, iris, wild red berry and a whiff of new leather. The vibrant palate is dazzling and almost ethereal, delivering flavors of succulent red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and a hint of forest floor. Taut, polished tannins and bright acidity provide impeccable balance." Wine Enthusiast

      "The Biondi-Santi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a stunning wine from all points of view. Seamless integration and elegant complexity are what stand out, and it's worth dedicating a few extra lines to the aromatic depth that is put so beautifully on display as the wine slowly unfolds. The bouquet starts off with wild cherry, earth, wet ash, crème de cassis and pruny chocolate. With extra time, there are hints of dried tobacco leaf, sandalwood and mossy forest floor. These lead to a fine tail of dried herb, bay leaf and a touch of rusty nail. The Riserva comes in numbered bottles, and I opened number 04277. To the palate, the wine is streamlined and silky with smooth tannins and a well-managed 13.5% alcohol content. The oak presence is reduced to a minimum, offering mild hints of spice and the delicate sandalwood or dried fig aroma I described above. Fresh acidity is the glue that gives the wine buoyancy and staying power. At this young stage, this 2013 vintage could be considered a bit shy or slow to start, but this will play out to great advantage in the long term as the wine continues its bottle evolution." Robert Parker

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Robert Parker:98 points
      • Wine Spectator :95 points
      • James Suckling:95 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:98 points
      • Decanter :95 points
      • Falstaff:98 points
      • Jancis Robinson:19 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 42 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 30,15 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,76 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,49 g/l
      • Sulfite: 78 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,28
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2051+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" Riserva DOCG 1997 <br>0,75l in OWC

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” Riserva DOCG 1997 · 0,75l in OWC

      Greppo Riserva from the absolute top year 1997 - newly corked, as Biondi Santi does every 20 years also on behalf of customers - smells of flowers, licorice, red berries and spices. Elegance and perfection at the palate, long, supple, juicy up to the endless final. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Optimal vintage, rain in spring, June and July dry and warm, refreshing downpours again and again in August; harvestin early September. Rich, sparkling ruby garnet. Shows nice ripe cherry fruit on the nose, some plum, plus blackberry, the warmth of the vintage is also evident in the riper flavors. Firm and sturdy on the palate, gripping, dense tannin, lots of ripe fruit, surprisingly broad for Biondi Santi." Falstaff

      "The celebrated 1997 vintage was, generally speaking, overestimated in Tuscany and most of the wines are today more evolved than expected. It was considered one of the best vintages of the 20th century for two key reasons: it was the warmest harvest of the cool 1990s, and there were some excellent wines from the coolest spots for Sangiovese. Biondi Santi's steep hill of Il Greppo and its BBS11 clone loves warm vintages and certainly they have pushed the reputation of the year. The quality of this Riserva is immediately clear: the outstanding freshness of the attack is still there, and the palate shines for the savoury red berries melded with hints of wild fowl, liquorice stick and Earl grey, increasing its citrus elegance. It displays the perfect balance of structural elements, still tense with velvety tannins. The sweet cherry kernel flavours sit on a broader than usual palate, with not quite firm acidity." Decanter

      "A ripe expression, showing broad shoulders, this is still monolithic and dense at 15 years. Cherry, plum and stony aromas and flavors are supported by fresh acidity and dusty tannins. The tight finish contains a mineral element. Opens up with time in the glass, but could use another 5 to 10 years of aging." Wine Spectator

      "The Biondi-Santi 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva was never previously reviewed; therefore, I am very excited to add an official record of this stunning wine to our database. This vintage delivers structure and age-worthy intensity that should carry it forward successfully for more years ahead. However, if you decide to pop the cork now, rest assured that this excellent Brunello has now entered its prime drinking window. The bouquet is polished and fine, with wild fruit aromas that segue to balsam herb and licorice. The finish is long and extremely polished. This is a real beauty." Robert Parker

      • Robert Parker:96+ points
      • Wine Spectator :95 points
      • Decanter :99 points
      • Falstaff:95 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 42 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,10 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,90 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,00 g/l
      • ph-Value: 3,45
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2042+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09942297 · 0,75 l · 972,00 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping6 units available

      729,00 €
    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" Riserva DOCG 1998

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” Riserva DOCG 1998

      Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1998 comes from a vintage that initially attracted little attention but is now in full bloom and is an outstanding example of the ageing ability of Biondi Santi's wines.

      Dark garnet red with brown rim. In the full bouquet a potpourri of dried red berries, spices, damp forest floor, rose petals and violets. Behind these feminine aromas are power and determination, and at the same time they provide an extremely harmonious overall impression on the palate with the still very compact fruit, the lively acidity and its present but very polished tannins. The incipient maturity is very much to its advantage, providing a soft and warm texture that cushions it wonderfully and makes it a special experience. Hardly any Italian red wine will continue to give as much pleasure in many years as this 1998 Riserva! SUPERIORE.DE

      "Lustrous mid ruby with narrow orange rim. Amazing focus and lift on the nose. Sour cherry with hints of iron and liquorice. Still so youthful and concentrated and at the same time so elegant. Succulent and long and with a layer of polished tannins carrying the fruit. Cool, sleek and long, this is a monument of elegance and style." Jancis Robinson

      "Features beautiful perfume, evoking rose, cherry, licorice and tobacco. Elegant, delicate even, with fine harmony and refinement. Cherry and raspberry flavors are persistent. Lacks the power of a 2001 or 1997, but shows finesse and filigree." Wine Spectator

      "The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes from an under-the-radar vintage that has blossomed today. The aging potential of these Riservas from Il Greppo must be tasted to be believed. Driven by fresh acidity that remains firm and taut, this wine reveals a dark garnet color and mid-weight concentration. The bouquet presents a careful succession of dried berry, forest floor and spice aromas that builds in intensity as the wine warms in the glass. The wine hits the palate with immediate brilliance and sparkle. This bottle is at its drinking prime right now. It's a true beauty." Robert Parker

      "Boasting alluring scents of new leather, truffle, camphor, pipe tobacco and just a whiff of tar, this just re-released Riserva from the estate's cellar is absolutely gorgeous. Loaded with finesse, the polished, vibrant palate delivers dried cherry, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside silky, smooth tannins before finishing on a note of black tea. Still amazingly fresh and going strong." Wine Enthusiast

      • Robert Parker:97 points
      • Wine Spectator :94 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:98 points
      • Jancis Robinson:18,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 42 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,55 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,15 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,82 g/l
      • Sulfite: 78 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,42
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2043+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      stored air-conditioned

      09942498 · 0,75 l · 977,33 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping2 units available

      733,00 €
    • Brunello di Montalcino "Greppo" Riserva DOCG 1998 <br>0,75l in OWC

      Brunello di Montalcino “Greppo” Riserva DOCG 1998 · 0,75l in OWC

      Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1998 comes from a vintage that initially attracted little attention but is now in full bloom and is an outstanding example of the ageing ability of Biondi Santi's wines.

      Dark garnet red with brown rim. In the full bouquet a potpourri of dried red berries, spices, damp forest floor, rose petals and violets. Behind these feminine aromas are power and determination, and at the same time they provide an extremely harmonious overall impression on the palate with the still very compact fruit, the lively acidity and its present but very polished tannins. The incipient maturity is very much to its advantage, providing a soft and warm texture that cushions it wonderfully and makes it a special experience. Hardly any Italian red wine will continue to give as much pleasure in many years as this 1998 Riserva! SUPERIORE.DE

      "Lustrous mid ruby with narrow orange rim. Amazing focus and lift on the nose. Sour cherry with hints of iron and liquorice. Still so youthful and concentrated and at the same time so elegant. Succulent and long and with a layer of polished tannins carrying the fruit. Cool, sleek and long, this is a monument of elegance and style." Jancis Robinson

      "Features beautiful perfume, evoking rose, cherry, licorice and tobacco. Elegant, delicate even, with fine harmony and refinement. Cherry and raspberry flavors are persistent. Lacks the power of a 2001 or 1997, but shows finesse and filigree." Wine Spectator

      "The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes from an under-the-radar vintage that has blossomed today. The aging potential of these Riservas from Il Greppo must be tasted to be believed. Driven by fresh acidity that remains firm and taut, this wine reveals a dark garnet color and mid-weight concentration. The bouquet presents a careful succession of dried berry, forest floor and spice aromas that builds in intensity as the wine warms in the glass. The wine hits the palate with immediate brilliance and sparkle. This bottle is at its drinking prime right now. It's a true beauty." Robert Parker

      "Boasting alluring scents of new leather, truffle, camphor, pipe tobacco and just a whiff of tar, this just re-released Riserva from the estate's cellar is absolutely gorgeous. Loaded with finesse, the polished, vibrant palate delivers dried cherry, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside silky, smooth tannins before finishing on a note of black tea. Still amazingly fresh and going strong." Wine Enthusiast

      • Robert Parker:97 points
      • Wine Spectator :94 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:98 points
      • Jancis Robinson:18,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 42 months wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,55 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,15 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,82 g/l
      • Sulfite: 78 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,42
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2043+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      stored air-conditioned

      09942298 · 0,75 l · 985,33 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping4 units available

      739,00 €
    About the winemakersBiondi Santi - Il GreppoTuscany | Montalcino
    Biondi Santi - Il Greppo

    In 1888 Ferruccio Biondi Santi created the famous Brunello di Montalcino from a brilliant inspiration, based on the model of Barolo at the time. This was a revolution because in the rest of Tuscany no wine was made from a single grape variety. Founded by Ferruccio's grandfather Clemente Biondi Santi in 1840, the traditional winery Il Greppo, south-east of Montalcino, has long been regarded as a magical place. Even older vintages of the estate are among the jewels of Italian viticulture. Stylistically of perfect elegance, with a restrained acidity at a young age - these are the characteristics that allow the noble plants to age superbly. The Biondi Santi family also owns vineyards on the Tuscan coast in another estate called Poggio Salvi, where they make delicious and comparatively inexpensive wines.

    The passion and care with which Tenuta Il Greppo devotes itself to the production of an excellent traditional Brunello is still unbroken today. Both wineries are managed by Jacopo Biondi Santi after his father Franco, great grandson of Ferruccio and a fascinating personality of distinguished appearance, died in 2013 at the age of 91 years. Even today, the winery still benefits from Ferruccio's extensive experience in clone selection. Only shoots of the Sangiovese Grosso di Montalcino are considered in the vineyards. The grapes are selected according to criteria based on the results of in-house tests. In the cellar of the estate there are very old huge barrels next to partly new ten- or 40-hectolitre containers.

    Until the 1950s, the estate remained Brunello's only bottler. When a boom began in the 1980s, the wines were almost forgotten for decades because of the multitude of new interpretations of the old wine. In the 1990s, the company also had to contend with fungal infestation in the vineyards. There were also disputes between Franco and Jacopo, who would have preferred to prepare Greppo wines much more modern than his father. At the beginning of the new millennium, Tenuta Il Greppo returned to its old form. SUPERIORE.DE

    "A visit to the winery has something of an old ritual: you let the place have its effect on you in peace and are confronted with all sorts of memories - of the vintages, but also of the people who wrote history here."Gambero Rosso

    Facts

    • Year founded: 1888
    • Owner: Family Biondi Santi
    • Annual production: approx. 80,000 bottles
    • Vineyard: approx. 25 hectares
    • Natural cultivation