Biondi Santi, 2012
Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino
Bottle size: 75cl
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The outstanding 2012 Biondi Santi is a classic in the making. Known for its nose and intense age-worthiness, a Biondi-Santi Brunello's trademark aromatics and acidity are attributable to the vineyard's terroir.
A brilliant ruby with garnet glints with the estate’s classic hue. Violet petals, blood orange zest, pressed mint, sweet spices and crushed river rocks frame the pure, transparent red fruits in this aromatic and remarkably welcoming wine. Reflective of its warm growing season, this Brunello glides on the palate with a silky feel, driven by a lovely mineral core and trademark electric acidity; polished tannins cling to the cheeks as the wine builds to a mineral-laden, lingering finish.
James Suckling: Score: 95
"Love the dried lemon rind, florals and red fruits. Medium to full body and a solid core of fruit and spices. Long and flavorful finish. Just a hint of sweet tobacco. Better than 2020."
Score: 94 Ian d'Agata, vinous.com, March 2017
Bright red. Fresh, complex aromas of sweet red berries, pomegranate, sour red cherry, orange peel, violet and brown spices. Bright and juicy, with building density and multilayered flavors of sour red cherries and raspberry, complicated by a hint of peach. Finishes long and clean with strong mineral and floral nuances. This is an extremely fruity and remarkably ready to drink Brunello for this property, known for tough as nails wines when young that normally require lots of patience. Still, despite its obvious upfront charm, this has real structure and depth and will age well.Easily one of the top three Brunellos of the vintage.
Score: 92 Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2017
"The supple texture is pervaded by cherry, currant, graphite, tea and underbrush aromas and flavors. Firm tannins and vibrant acidity provide support as this cruises to a long aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2033."
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