Seit dem 14. Jahrhundert betreibt die Familie Biondi Santi Weinbau in der Toskana und hat die Region deutlich mitgeprägt. Ein Quantensprung war es, als Ferruccio Biondi Santi im Jahre 1888 den großen Brunello di Montalcino nach dem Vorbild des Barolo schuf. Der erste Wein, der in der Toskana aus nur einer Rebsorte gekeltert wurde. Bis in die 1950er Jahre war das Weingut einziger Brunello-Produzent, geriet dann aufgrund vieler neuer Interpretationen des alten Weins aber ein wenig in Vergessenheit. Unter Franco, dem Enkel von Ferruccio fand Tenuta Il Greppo, dieser für Brunello-Liebhaber magische Ort zurück zu alter Klasse und ist heute der Inbegriff für diesen magischen Wein. Mit der gleichen Leidenschaft und Sorgfalt wie Franco führt heute sein Sohn Jacopo Biondi Santi die Geschicke der Tenuta Il Greppo und hält den Geist seines Vaters, seiner Vorfahren, den Vätern des Brunello, am Leben.
2010 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
eRobertParker.com # 223 (Mar 2016)
Drink 2018 - 2040
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is slow to open and I spent a good amount of extra time with this wine as a result. It was well worth the wait. The intensity inches up in baby steps. With time, the wine is splendent and focused with a very direct and impactful delivery of aromas. It also shows a specifically floral personality with dried rose petal or blue violet that I did not recognize in most of the other Brunellos from this classic vintage. There is power and determination behind those feminine aromas. The wine makes a lasting impression in the mouth, thanks to the textual tightness of its tannins and the refreshing crispness of the acidity. The Riserva sees fruit sourced from Il Greppo's oldest vines (25-years-old and more) and the wine ages in traditional oak casks for three years. Some 13,600 bottles were made. It's going to be a big year for Jacopo Biondi Santi and his handsome sons. The venerable Biondi-Santi brand has been out of the United States market for the past three years. It's been such a loss for those of us who love the wines from Montalcino's Il Greppo. The winery's previous importing contract is set to expire and Biondi-Santi is free to find a new partnership. A band of this historic importance and pedigree requires special care and attention. I am confident they will find an importer who can meet this challenge and welcome them back to such an important foreign market. I visited with Jacopo at the winery in early 2016 and was definitely keyed into his enthusiasm regarding the new year. In addition to tasting his new Brunello di Montalcino releases, we tasted through the new wines of his second estate in Maremma, Castello di Montepò. I prefer to have those reviews published among their peers and for that reason I have not included them here. The new wines from Montalcino--specifically the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva--are sublime. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to taste the 1955 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva in late 2015 and you can find my review of that historic wine here: http://www.erobertparker.com/members/winedata/articles/article1216.asp.
100/100 Punkte WineEnthusiast, JG2010: This gorgeous, fragrant wine opens with classic Sangiovese scents of violet, rose, perfumed red berry, new leather and a whiff of baking spice. The elegant, radiant palate delivers crushed Marasca cherry, ripe strawberry, cinnamon, black tea and a hint of pipe tobacco. Firm, ultrafine tannins and bright acidity offer an age-worthy structure and impeccable balance. It's already stunning but will evolve for decades. Drink 2020–2050.
97/100 Punkte James Suckling, JG2010: Fantastic aromas of coffee, tea leaf, ripe plums and ginger follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a rich and subtle finish. The is dense and powerful yet very refined and reserved. It needs at least five years to show its true character. One of the most refined Biondi-Santi riservas I can remember. The tannin texture is exceptional. Try in 2020.
97/100 Punkte Luca Gardini, JG2010: Citrus along with sour red fruits, above all raspberry and currant, characterize the nose. The taste is elegantly subtle. The bountifulness of the vintage is not lessened, but nuanced. The taste recalls sour cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry, and yellow-fleshed peach. Savory finish, as well as tannins.
19/20 Punkte Weinwisser, JG2010
3/3 Gläser Gambero Rosso, JG2007
5/5 Trauben Duemilavin, JG2007
5/5 Flaschen Guide l'Espresso, JG2007
3/3 Sterne Veronelli-Guide, JG2007
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, JG2007: An elegant style, boasting red berry, cherry, floral and wild herb aromas and flavors. Lean and firm, almost ethereal, riding the racy profile to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. A wine of finesse. Best from 2016 through 2045. 1,166 cases made.
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