2015 biondi-santi, brunello di montalcino, riserva
Why We're Buying
When Ferruccio Biondi-Santi planted his grandfather's clone of sangiovese, it wasn't the prized grape of Montalcino. A century later, things have changed. Biondi-Santi Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva serves as the region's gold standard for what sangiovese can and should be.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.