Biond-Santi remains a beacon for traditionally made Rosso and Brunello. At 90 years of age, Franco Biondi-Santi insisted on leading my tasting of wines from cask and bottle. The years go by for all of us, but I haven’t seen any decrease in Biondi-Santi’s enthusiasm and passion. The Biondi-Santi wines are more approachable young than they used to be, but little else appears to have changed. Biondi-Santi harvests on the early side. The wines see long macerations on the skins – in steel for the straight Brunello (also known as the Annata) and oak for the Riserva – and are then aged in large oak casks. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate Wine Advocate #200 April 2012
Over the last few months I have been working on a new Brunello producer to go with awesome wines of Il Palazzone. Well today I can tell you the second Montalcino producer are the wines of Franco Biondi Santi from Montalcino. During my Vinitaly 2013 trip I will visit the estate and taste and try the wines of Mr Franco Biondi Santi.
I have always admired the traditional styles wines of Biondi Santi and it will be an honour to sell his wines in Australia. We are bringing in the 2008 Rosso di Montalcino, 2006 Brunello di Montalcino and 2009 Rosato. All three wines will land down under around mid March.
Below are Antonio Galloni’s thoughts on the wines we are bringing in:2008 Rosso di Montalcino: The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is a beautiful, sexy red laced with sweet cherries, flowers, spices and licorice. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame an expressive core of fruit as this mid-weight, gracious wine opens up in the glass. The Biondi-Santi Rosso isn’t inexpensive, but it does provide plenty of insight into the wines of the estate that first put Montalcino on the map. Biondi-Santi uses their youngest vines for the Rosso. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. 90 points, Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate #200
Brunello di Montalcino 2006: The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is remarkably harmonious at this young stage, quite a departure at Biondi-Santi. The 2006 shows dazzling richness and integrity in its powerful fruit in a totally captivating, sensual style. This is a beautifully centered, complete Brunello with a bright future ahead of it. The Brunello was fermented in cement and aged for three years in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036. 94 points Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate #194
Rosato 2009: no reviews
The last born created by Franco Biondi Santi. It is a pink ruby coloured wine , with a nose of violet and light vanilla, produced by vinifying in white the grapes of Sangiovese from the Greppo Estate and aged for 18 months in stainless steel vats.Apr 2012