Brunello di Montalcino, 2011

  Biondi Santi

That austere Biondi Santi style coupled with the generosity of vintage. Quite a combination. Great warmth, ripeness of fruit and generosity, notes of red cherry, cherry stone, fresh raspberry and a hint of fruit liqueur. Structured but handsome and fine-tuned. From the historic and legendary Biondi Santi estate that pioneered Sangiovese in Montalcino. Their first vintage was 1888. Winemaking is staunchly traditional. Only natural, wild yeasts are used for fermentation and ageing is for three years in large Slavonian oak casks. Famous for their austerity in youth, Biondi Santi can, however, prove to be magical bottles with age.

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino

An important Tuscan DOCG known for the production of intensely powerful red wines made from the Brunello clone of Sangiovese which reaches levels of richness and structure not found elsewhere in Tuscany. The climate is arid and warm though cooled by a maritime breeze from the south west. The zone is essentialy split into two: a warmer southern region that producers earlier drinking, fuller wines, and the Northern, higher altitude zone on Galestro soils that produces more aromatic, finer examples. Brunello di Montalcino wines are released four years after the harvest, following extended ageing in cask, normally around three years. Rosso di Montalcino is the younger stablemate of Brunello; always 100% Sangiovese but bottled and released after only one year of ageing. Rossos are usually lighter and more approachable young than the famously long lived Brunellos.