Biondi Santi Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2012

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Ian D'Agata
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BSSA201212 UCAU
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Awarded a perfect 100 Points from Wine Enthusiast as well as 98 from Decanter Magazine. The last vintage from “Il Dotore” the late Dr Franco Biondi Santi, the ‘godfather’ of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, thankfully was a tremendous one to celebrate and cherish and ultimately deserving of a Riserva bottling. "The 2012 is a classic in the making, boasting enticing scents of rose, underbrush, wild red berry, new leather and underlying notes of crushed mint. It has a chiseled palate, featuring Morello cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, star anise and a hint of tobacco framed in taut, polished tannins." Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Awarded a perfect 100 Points from Wine Enthusiast as well as 98 from Decanter Magazine. The last vintage from “Il Dotore” the late Dr Franco Biondi Santi, the ‘godfather’ of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, thankfully was a tremendous one to celebrate and cherish and ultimately deserving of a Riserva bottling. "The 2012 is a classic in the making, boasting enticing scents of rose, underbrush, wild red berry, new leather and underlying notes of crushed mint. It has a chiseled palate, featuring Morello cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, star anise and a hint of tobacco framed in taut, polished tannins." Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Scores & Reviews

100 / 100

Wine Enthusiast

“The Riserva 2012 is a quintessential Biondi Santi Riserva, reflecting not just the house style that made the firm famous, but it clearly shows Franco’s own hallmark of extreme elegance. The 2012 is a classic in the making, boasting enticing scents of rose, underbrush, wild red berry, new leather and underlying notes of crushed mint. It has a chiseled palate, featuring Morello cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, star anise and a hint of tobacco framed in taut, polished tannins. Firm acidity lends youthful tension and keeps it impeccably balanced.”

98 / 100

Decanter

The 2012 Riserva is the last vintage produced by Franco Biondi Santi, and so this release is dedicated to him. Of the 39 Riservas the estate has produced since the first one in 1888, Franco oversaw 24 of them. 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.

96 / 100

Ian D'Agata

Perfumed nose of orange peel, cinnamon, sour red cherries, strawberries, talcum powder, and old fine leather, plus sneaky hints of slightly air-dried berries...Juicy and dense with a silky mouthfeel to the flavors of red berries, blood orange and spices. Finishes long and silky...There’s an air-dried quality to this wine that is absolutely enchanting.