Biondi-Santi is the home of Brunello di Montalcino.
Biondi-Santi is one of Italy’s greatest historic estates. While some might argue that Barolo is the king of Italian wines, when looking at the extraordinary balance, elegance and longevity of Biondi-Santi’s wines, there is a compelling argument that it is Brunello that deserves the crown.
This 150 hectare property, which abuts Costanti’s estate, has 26 hectares of vineyard split over three sites. The oldest of these plots is Il Greppo, laying at 500 metres above sea level; this is where the winery and house are situated. They also have vines down the hill to the east of Montalcino and to the north, close to Montosoli. Vineyards between 10 and 25 years of age are used for the Brunello. The vines are planted in soils characterised by heavy stone and marl, which helps reduce vigour and aid concentration of flavour in the grapes.
In the glass, this wine has an intense ruby red colour. It opens with a graceful nose focusing on citrus peel with nuances of withered rose, spice and fresh red fruits. Balanced and delicate, on the palate, it delights with cherry flavours and red berry notes. Structured tannins and depth continue through to a long finish.