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2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Biondi-Santi - Tenuta Il Greppo

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SKU: SK3552886-750
"The Biondi-Santi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is initially a reticent wine and one that does not immediately subscribe to the overstated abundance and exuberance of the vintage. Give it time. I wrote this review after several tastings over several days so I could ensure a more accurate account of the wine's elegant reveal. Contemplative and exceedingly nuanced in personality, with wild berry, underbrush, ferrous earth and candied orange peel, this has everything to look forward to in terms of its future evolution in the bottle. It displays a pretty ruby color that borders on garnet and polished copper. A silky, mid-weight palate is accented by beautifully managed and silky tannins (this aspect of the mouthfeel is extraordinary), bright freshness and long-lasting fruit momentum. The alcohol is a bit more powerful in this release (at 14.5%), but the effect is supple and smooth nonetheless. I tasted bottle number 256." ~ (98) Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2-17-2022

~ (97) Eric Guido, Vinous 12-1-2021

"Complex yet pure, subtle and refined nose that gently evolves, with mossy red cherries, dried roses, chalk, tar and dried orange peel. There is a lift of clove and eucalyptus that makes it so distinctive. A powerful, medium-to full-bodied Brunello, but seamless and bright, with a fine, transparent mid-palate and restrained, mineral austerity. Understated complexity that will need time to bloom. Hold until 2026." ~ (97) James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 4-11-2022

"Day one: Poured from a freshly opened bottle without decanting or aeration. Lustrous ruby with a deep glow. 'Expressive' is probably not the word for a young Biondi-Santi Brunello, but compared with the 2016 this is more open and a little bit more forward on the nose. All things being relative. Perfumed, deep and composed all at the same time. Hints of iron, but changes all the time. Cool and focused deep red fruit that is completely dry. Long nerve of vibrant acidity and a thick layer of powdery tannins. Long, austere and embryonic.

Day two: Enticing, concentrated nose of cherry and sweet raspberry. Great depth of fruit without being overtly rich. Laurel and mineral hints and with a layer of finely ground tannins. The fruit closes up a little on the finish. The acidity is slowly absorbed in the core of the fruit. Still embryonic and with tannins that taste a little of bitter walnut.

Day three: Richer and denser than on the last two days. Expressive, dark-fruit nose. Focused, pure and concentrated on the palate and the tannins are no longer bitter or powdery and perfectly in tune with the fruit. Amazing balance achieved over three days." ~ (17.5) Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com 2-4-2022
SKU: SK3552886-750
REGION : Toscana
PRODUCER : Biondi-Santi - Tenuta Il Greppo
FORMAT : 750ml

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