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2016 Biondi Santi, Brunello di Montalcino

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“99 point Biondi Santi Brunello • "A dark stallion of a wine."”

THE Benchmark Brunello In Any Vintage

By David Gettenberg

Biondi Santi is not just a Brunello; enjoying a bottle is an experience.

Few make a better Brunello than Biondi Santi.  The winery is a collectible, benchmark producer with representation at auction houses worldwide.

Biondi Santi is known for its depth and structure, attributed to its altitude.  Vineyards are 1,400 - 1,600 feet above sea level and produce gorgeous Sangiovese that can age for decades (and decades).

"From a benchmark vintage, the Biondi-Santi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a gorgeous appearance... You almost bite into this wine, and you taste some fine grain linked to the young tannins.  That, with the fresh acidity that is the hallmark signature of this estate, guarantees long cellar aging, and I would put my money on this vintage for long-long-term longevity.  The fruit is compact and supple with dried cherry, blue flower, iron ore and candied orange peel. There is tobacco, balsam herb and gardening soil in a supporting role, and the wine is beautifully fleshed out but also rich in this balanced growing season." Wine Advocate

Why We Love The 2016 Biondi Santi Brunello

The quality from this estate is unmatched.  And in 2016 (one of the greatest vintages in decades), Biondi Santi explodes from the glass with a kaleidoscope of flavors:  black and dark red cherry, earth, balsamic, eucalyptus, gorgeous gripping tannins, walnut, exotic spice, and tobacco leaf.

"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark stallion of a wine that showcases both the depth and radiance of the vintage...  The 2016 is one of the most deep and balanced Brunellos that I’ve ever experienced from Biondi Santi."  Vinous

Biondi Santi was the first estate to produce a Brunello in the late 19th century. The quality of the wine is unmatched... right there with the likes of Soldera.​​​​​​​

Despite its upfront charm, the 2016 Biondi Santi has structure and depth for 25+ years of aging.  It is a gorgeous Brunello "impeccably balanced."  Wine Enthusiast

Enjoy!

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Press & Tasting Notes
99

“Density and tension, sapid tannins.”

Luca Gardini • 99 / 100

"The great tradition of Biondi-Santi’s Brunello in a refined and highly-drinkable interpretation. Nose with touches of red currant, hints of chinotto and bergamot and scents of lavender. The mouthfeel has density and tension, sapid tannins, a fruity-citrus finish and a nice persistence.""

98

“Impeccably balanced.”

Wine Enthusiast • 98 / 100

Cellar Selection

"Aromas of rose petal, dark spice, woodland berries and camphor form the nose on this fragrant, elegant wine. Loaded with finesse, the linear, savory palate features red cherry, orange zest, star anise and black tea alongside tightly wound, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It's still youthfully austere, with fantastic aging potential."

97+

“You almost bite into this wine.”

Wine Advocate • 97+ / 100

"From a benchmark vintage, the Biondi-Santi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a gorgeous appearance with medium concentration highlighted by shiny hues of garnet and dark ruby. The first thing you notice is the compact dark fruit and rather robust textural fiber and power presented here. You almost bite into this wine, and you taste some fine grain linked to the young tannins. That, with the fresh acidity that is the hallmark signature of this estate, guarantees long cellar aging, and I would put my money on this vintage for long-long-term longevity. The fruit is compact and supple with dried cherry, blue flower, iron ore and candied orange peel. There is tobacco, balsam herb and gardening soil in a supporting role, and the wine is beautifully fleshed out but also rich in this balanced growing season. It surely needs more time to come together with pinpoint precision, but the wine's elegance is a certainty."

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97

“Brilliantly succulent.”

Decanter • 97 / 100

"Comparing 2015 with 2016, technical director Federico Radi says that the latter is more balanced and aromatic owing to overall cooler temperatures in July and August. It is certainly more in line with Biondi Santi’s angular, austere style and unmistakable in its class and potential. With the utmost restraint, flinty mineral notes make way for scents of dried leaves, forest wildflowers and fresh mint. Perfectly poised on the palate, this is midweight yet plumbs great depths, expressing pomegranate, fennel and orange peel. While its tannins have a certain rigidity and are decidedly linear in direction, they are not massive. It is a rather sneaky wine that needs a few more years in the cellar. Brilliantly succulent finish."

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“A dark stallion of a wine that showcases both the depth and radiance of the vintage.”

Vinous • 97 / 100

"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark stallion of a wine that showcases both the depth and radiance of the vintage. At first, its bouquet is dark and earthy, yet quickly blossoms into an enthralling mix of musky red currants, wild peppery herbs, dusty rose and worn leather. While satiny in feel, it’s also sleek and lively, with a vibrant burst of sweet and sour citrus that enlivens its notes of tart cranberry and pomegranate, all wound tightly in a web of saline-minerals. Violet and lavender tones arch across the palate over a core of silky tannins that nicely frame the experience, as a hint of balsamic spice slowly tapers off. The 2016 is one of the most deep and balanced Brunellos that I’ve ever experienced from Biondi Santi. If this is the Annata, then I can only imagine what the Riserva might bring to the table. Something of note is that in 2016, production was down by 15% following the abundant 2015 vintage and the dry conditions in the early part of the season."

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More Information
  • Producer: Biondi Santi
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Subregion: Brunello di Montalcino
  • Varietal: Sangiovese
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W5341-2016-750