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Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi 2015 (750ML)
97+ points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The Biondi-Santi 2015 Brunello di Montalcino exudes dark, velvety fruit and concentration while maintaining the signature elegance, suppleness and lithe personalty that distinguishes the iconic Il Greppo estate. I found this new release to be quite distinctive and exquisitely beautiful, setting it apart from many of the past vintages we are most familiar with. This 2015 edition is dark, exuberant and bold, but precise, focused and sharp as well. It will live for years in your cellar, but tasted now in its infancy, the wine shows blackberry, dried cherry, plum and dark cassis. Those dark fruit tones segue to a rich presentation of tar, spice, earth, tobacco and sweet balsam herb. The bouquet offers seamless and smooth transitions. This warm and sunny growing season favored richness and phenolic weight. Wines from Biondi-Santi are made for the long haul, and the fresh acidity that characterizes this estate is the principle reason why. However, I'd argue that this wine from 2015 will evolve over the years not only thanks to the freshness but more so thanks to the important structure of this solid and profound wine.” 02/21
95 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous: "The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Annata is an understated beauty that takes some time to blossom in the glass. It’s a sweetly spiced and floral expression of the vintage, blending ripe cherries and strawberries with dusty earth, hints of sage and violets. A refreshing air of mint and lavender develops over time. It’s elegance personified on the palate, seamless and silky-smooth, with a classic and pure expression of red fruits and saline-minerals, as fine tannins slowly mount toward the close. Hints of licorice, white pepper and savory herbs linger through the lightly structured finale. While youthfully firm, the 2015 is already so enjoyable today, yet a few years of cellaring will reveal even further depths. I tasted the 2015 tasted multiple times over the course of a day and it only got better with air. Simply stunning!"
97 Points, James Suckling: " This is so transparent and beautiful with clarity. Cherry, plum, strawberry, and berry character with some stone and orange. It’s full-bodied and very linear and round with balance and refinement. The tannins are fine and very powdery in texture. Excellent depth. Ripe, yet so energetic. Fresh, vivid and round. Drink or hold."
95 Points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator: "A combination of plum and cherry fruit and juicy texture introduces this lithe, intense red, which tightens up as it builds to the finish, where a mineral element and fine-grained tannins reign. This lingers, leaving a mouthwatering impression."
96 Points, Michaela Morris, Decanter: "The new team at Biondi-Santi assembled this with the family after multiple tastings of each cask. The objective was to preserve the estate’s signature freshness and mitigate heady alcohol from the relatively late harvest at the end of September. The result truly is balanced. It is an extroverted, dark-toned Brunello with black cherries, currants, violets and fragrant earth. Pure and elegant with radiant acidity, the palate possesses beautiful inner-mouth perfume and a saliva-inducing, minerally underscore. For all of its suppleness and velvetiness, there is still a welcome firmness and assertiveness not always found in 2015." 03/21
99+ Points, Luca Gardini, Gardini Notes: "Great thickness in this unforgettable version of Brunello. Blood orange, then wild strawberry and laurel at the nose, the mouthfeel is very crunchy, elegant, and salty. " 01/21