Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012

Biondi Santi

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012


pikant & würzig
seidig & aromatisch
Sangiovese Grosso 100%
13,5% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2022–2052
Verpackt in: 3er OHK
Lobenberg: 98–100/100
Wine Enthusiast: 100/100
Decanter: 98/100
Falstaff: 98/100
Parker: 97/100
Suckling: 96/100
Galloni: 96/100
Italien, Toscana, Montalcino
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012


Lobenberg: Biondi Santi verkörpert in seinen Brunelli immer noch den Geist der Tradition. Nicht die überwältigende Frucht eines Soldera, Poggio di Sotto oder Valdicava, eher basierend auf der Eleganz eines Salvioni einen erdigen Ansatz aufbauend. Balsamico, Trüffel, Erde, Amarena, Zwetschge. Tiefes, würziges Finale. Feige und geröstetes Holz, aber altes Holz. Komplex und aromatisch, sehr hintergründig. Immer noch 'a class of its own'. 98-100/100


Wine Enthusiast über: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

-- Wine Enthusiast: This is the final Riserva to benefit from the late Franco Biondi Santi's masterful hand. It boasts enticing scents of rose, underbrush, red berry, new leather and crushed mint. The chiseled palate features succulent Morello cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, star anise and a hint of tobacco, all framed in taut, polished tannins. Firm acidity lends youthful tension and keeps it impeccably balanced. 100/100


Decanter über: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

-- Decanter: The 2012 Riserva is the last vintage produced by Franco Biondi Santi, and so this release is dedicated to him. Of the 39 Riservas the estate has produced since the first one in 1888, Franco oversaw 24 of them. 2012 is considered a warm vintage, more dry than hot and with an advanced harvest on 10 September: quite early for a Sangiovese from higher vineyards in Montalcino. The age of the vines has helped to give the wine outstanding complexity. It shows the typical freshness of Biondi Santi with red currant, pomegranate and orris root aromas, becoming more austere on the palate with rhubarb radice flavour, firm acidity and firm yet ripe tannins. The extraction is great and the tight-knit integration between fruit and structural elements gives it the depth to age for decades. 98/100


Parker über: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

-- Parker: You will notice the dedication printed below the label of the wine label. It reads: 'Dedicato a Franco Biondi Santi.' Indeed, the Biondi-Santi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the last vintage made by the towering father figure of Brunello whom most everyone referred to as the 'gentleman of Montalcino.' Il Dottore, as he was also respectfully addressed, died at age 91 in April 2013, and he was very active in the winery as this magnificent wine took shape. This Riserva is a true work of beauty. It is released one year later than usual. The wine reflects the natural heft and power of the 2012 vintage, and it also shows that distinctive open-knit and accessible personality that characterizes this warm and sunny growing season. Il Dottore's magic touch is revealed in the level of fine detail and precision that transcends vintage, grape and territory. That extreme focus is an achievement of this estate alone located in the celebrated Il Greppo property. This Brunello pours from the bottle with a magnificent garnet color, and it evolves in the glass with dark fruit, candied orange peel, spice, licorice, anise seed, cola and balsam herb. The aromas are magical and ethereal, albeit slightly ripe and soft as expected of this vintage. 97/100


Suckling über: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

-- Suckling: A glorious nose to the wine with blackberries, plums, balsamic, mushrooms and bark. Floral. Some tile and terracotta undertones. Full-bodied with fine tannins and vivid, linear acidity running through the middle palate. Light toffee and smoke. Extremely long and lively. Traditional, yet very clean and beautiful. Drinkable now, but better after 2025. 96/100


Galloni über: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

-- Galloni: The 2012 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows tremendous depth with a layered, dark and haunting display of vibrant cherry, then mulled apple, autumnal crushed leaves, balsamic spice, dried flowers, leather strap, licorice and baker’s chocolate. It seems as if every time you come back to the glass, there’s another nuance to be found. Then, like a rollercoaster, it seems to peak with pretty feminine notes; and it then sways into a darker, deeper and more expressive place. It’s pure and poised with soft textures and amazing bright red fruit, guided by zesty acids mixing wild red berries with sour citrus and spiced herbal tea. The 2012 Riserva contrasts vibrancy with austerity, while coming across as youthfully structured yet energized by nervous tension, as if quite adolescent, all elbows and knees, tapering off to hints of cranberry, minerals and grippy tannin. The 2012 Riserva spent an extra year in bottle at the winery, because the estate felt that it wasn’t quite ready for public release in 2019. This vintage is also dedicated to Franco Biondi-Santi, being that it was the last wine that he gave his personal stamp of approval to. 96/100

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Biondi Santi

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