Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2013 – Decanter – 95 Points
Due to the late start and generally cool conditions in 2013, harvest began at the end of September at Biondi-Santi, just slightly later than the average. The wine has been held back over a year longer than the denomination regulations and released in March 2019. Still embryonic and reserved, dark floral scents of violet and lilac gradually emerge before notes of sage and thyme take over. The tangy acidity of the vintage comes through brilliantly, amplifying layers of fine, chalky tannins. For now, nuances of rosehip, mint and wild red currants are deeply buried, hinted at only on the finish. It’s difficult to forget that this was the year that we lost the legendary Franco Biondi-Santi.