2004, Biondi Santi, Brunello Montalcino Riserva

Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

(Priced at per bottle)


Score: 94

Drinking Dates: 2014-2034

Critic: Antonio Galloni

Tasted: 27-Apr-2010

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is slow to open and I spent a good amount of extra time with this wine as a result. It was well worth the wait. The intensity inches up in baby steps. With time, the wine is splendent and focused with a very direct and impactful delivery of aromas. It also shows a specifically floral personality with dried rose petal or blue violet that I did not recognize in most of the other Brunellos from this classic vintage. There is power and determination behind those feminine aromas. The wine makes a lasting impression in the mouth, thanks to the textual tightness of its tannins and the refreshing crispness of the acidity. The Riserva sees fruit sourced from Il Greppo's oldest vines (25-years-old and more) and the wine ages in traditional oak casks for three years. Some 13,600 bottles were made. It's going to be a big year for Jacopo Biondi Santi and his handsome sons. The venerable Biondi-Santi brand has been out of the United States market for the past three years. It's been such a loss for those of us who love the wines from Montalcino's Il Greppo. The winery's previous importing contract is set to expire and Biondi-Santi is free to find a new partnership. A band of this historic importance and pedigree requires special care and attention. I am confident they will find an importer who can meet this challenge and welcome them back to such an important foreign market. I visited with Jacopo at the winery in early 2016 and was definitely keyed into his enthusiasm regarding the new year. In addition to tasting his new Brunello di Montalcino releases, we tasted through the new wines of his second estate in Maremma, Castello di Montepò. I prefer to have those reviews published among their peers and for that reason I have not included them here. The new wines from Montalcino--specifically the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva--are sublime. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to taste the 1955 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva in late 2015 and you can find my review of that historic wine here, http,//www.erobertparker.com/members/winedata/articles/article1216.asp.