• 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

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      • 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

      • 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
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • 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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    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


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