Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2015

97+ Wine Advocate | 97 Jeb Dunnuck | 97 James Suckling

There is no bigger name in Montalcino than Franco Biondi Santi. The winemaking legend who pioneered Brunello di Montalcino may have passed away in 2013, but his legacy lives on in a big way at the estate. Not only was Franco the pioneering light in Montalcino, but his wines have for decades and remain some of the finest examples of Sangiovese made anywhere. Truly a collector’s item every vintage, but in the special 2015 vintage– it teeters on a ‘must have’.


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Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Variety: Sangiovese

Terroir: 10-25 yr. old vines

Winemaking: aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years

97+ Wine Advocate
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.

97 James Suckling
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. Drink or hold.

97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Brunello is highly complex, with pine resin, clove, blood orange, and rose-hip. It offers a grounding richness and warmth from the vintage while maintaining transparency and lift. Structured and with a long finish, this bottle showed no sign of demise over several days. Cellar 1-5 years and enjoy over the next 20 years.


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