Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • A Brunello made of light and energy, the 2016 vintage is a stunning example of the signature Biondi-Santi style – an exercize of balance and grace

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards
    • Vine Age: 10-25 years
  • Vintage Report

    • A rainy winter was followed by a quite rainy spring but with mild temperatures. The summer brought sun, warmth and stability with temperatures lower than the seasonal average. Rainfalls between the end of August and the beginning of September extended the pre-harvest time, favoring a very slow but balanced ripening of the grapes where the fruit benefitted from important day – night temperature swings, which enriched their aromatic notes. Harvest started on September 19, with over a week’s delay compared to Biondi-Santi normal standards.

  • Vinification

    • Aging: The 2016 Brunello has been vinified in concrete tanks by using indigenous yeasts, selected in our vineyards. Successively, it was aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • Optimum Drinking: 30-50 years
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2016 Brunello is a wine of light and energy. On the nose crispy notes of sour cherries, blood oranges and small red berry fruits are accompanied by scents of Mediterranean balsamic herbs and a touch of flint. On the palate energy, sweet fruit and silky tannins form a caressing sensation of elegance and equilibrium, leading us towards a long-lingering finish with a distinct savory touch, fresh and clean

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve at 60/64˚ F. Uncork the wine 1 hour before serving



  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG — 2016 — Wine Enthusiast — 98 Points

    “Aromas of rose petal, dark spice, woodland berries and camphor form the nose on this fragrant, elegant wine. Loaded with finesse, the linear, savory palate features red cherry, orange zest, star anise and black tea alongside tightly wound, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. It's still youthfully austere, with fantastic aging potential.”

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG — 2016 — Wine Spectator — 97 Points

    “This features a well of blackberry and black cherry flavors, along with iron, licorice and fresh herb aromas and flavors. The dense tannins are easily matched by the concentrated flavors, and this shows fine potential, despite the compact finish now.”

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG — 2016 — Wine Advocate — 97+ Points

    "From a benchmark vintage, the Biondi-Santi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a gorgeous appearance with medium concentration highlighted by shiny hues of garnet and dark ruby. The first thing you notice is the compact dark fruit and rather robust textural fiber and power presented here. You almost bite into this wine, and you taste some fine grain linked to the young tannins. That, with the fresh acidity that is the hallmark signature of this estate, guarantees long cellar aging."