2006 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • DC 96
  • JS 95
  • WS 95
  • VN 95
  • WE 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2019
This is a re-release of a wine that first hit the market some seven years ago. The Il Greppo estate did not make a Riserva in the 2011 vintage, and the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is being reintroduced to the... expand This is a re-release of a wine that first hit the market some seven years ago. The Il Greppo estate did not make a Riserva in the 2011 vintage, and the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is being reintroduced to the market (with only 2,500 bottles) to fill in this gap. This is a stunning wine that absolutely merits this considerable score increase. Made when dottore Franco Biondi Santi was alive and very present in the winery, this wine shows spectacular elegance and finesse, articulated with fine aromas of forest berry, blue flower, eucalyptus and lightly barbecued smoke. The wine shows extreme Sangiovese elegance and purity, and while the wine is almost fragile in approach, it ultimately reveals more brawn, volume and staying-power than anticipated. - Monica Larner collapse
DC 96
Decanter, February 2019
As Biondi-Santi is holding back their 2012 Riserva for another year, the estate is instead re-releasing two older Riservas from diverse vintages. The 2006 is the more muscular expression, hailing from a particularly warm... expand As Biondi-Santi is holding back their 2012 Riserva for another year, the estate is instead re-releasing two older Riservas from diverse vintages. The 2006 is the more muscular expression, hailing from a particularly warm, dry year. Almost 13 years after harvest, this is still closed and takes time for some cellar scents to blow off. It combines base notes of dark, wet earth with more lifted orange zest and wild strawberries. It's potent and imposing on the palate, though ample tannins are balanced by dense fruit. It becomes more fragrant and giving as it sits in the glass, finishing with a stoniness. This is very much in its youth with a long life ahead. Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/italy/tuscany/biondi-santi-riserva-brunello-di-montalcino-tuscany-2006-28905#f15jxCfvHyodgkcq.99 collapse
JS 95
jamessuckling.com, November 2019
This is a beautiful Brunello with dark-berry, balsamic and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, round and rich. Flavorful finish. Shows focus and balance. Traditional and fascinating. Drink or hold.
WS 95
Wine Spectator, January 2019
Enticing aromas of cherry, plum, leather, iron and tobacco are the hallmarks of this ripe, firm and solidly tannic red. All the components are in the right place. Long, echoing sweet fruit on the finish. Best from 2022... expand Enticing aromas of cherry, plum, leather, iron and tobacco are the hallmarks of this ripe, firm and solidly tannic red. All the components are in the right place. Long, echoing sweet fruit on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. 923 cases made. — BS collapse
VN 95
Vinous, April 2012
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as a bit reticent. It reveals lovely detail and nuance, but without the firmness of many other young vintages. Today the 2006 is quite accessible. I will be surprised... expand The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva comes across as a bit reticent. It reveals lovely detail and nuance, but without the firmness of many other young vintages. Today the 2006 is quite accessible. I will be surprised if it doesn't start shutting down at some point. Regardless, the 2006 appears to be built more on finesse rather than power. Freshly cut flowers, hard candy and licorice are layered into the finish. -- Antonio Galloni collapse
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, October 2012
Biondi-Santi performs exceptionally well in elegant vintages like 2006. This wine is balanced and fresh, with lingering notes of wild berry, white cherry, cola, spice and dark chocolate. Age this wine 10 years or more.
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2006
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Winery

Biondi Santi

The prestige of Brunello del Greppo dates back to the 19th Century with the story of Clemente Santi who began making wine using 100% Sangiovese. He passed on his wine knowledge to his nephew Ferruccio Biondi Santi, who, after the phyloxera in the second half of the 1800s, isolated a clone of Sangiovese that gave birth to wines of extraordinary longevity. In 1888, Ferruccio produced the first bottle of Brunello di Montalcino from this clone.

The entire estate includes 47 hectares of land, but only 25 hectares are dedicated to plantings of Sangiovese Grosso. The oldest vines, totaling 5 hectares, date from 1930-1970. Only the best grapes are destined to the production of Biondi Santi Brunello - those from vineyards at least ten years old are for the Annata, and those at least twenty-five years old for the Riserva. Marled soils with heavy stones have been always preferred by the family with southern, southeastern, eastern, northeastern and northern exposure. The yield per hectare is kept low at 3-5 tons per hectare. Current production rarely exceeds 80,000 bottles, including about 10,000 bottles of Riserva made only during exceptional harvests.

Franco Biondi Santi, oenologist, learned the subtle art of vinification from his father, and has continued to run the Greppo Estate, with its unequalled collection of Reserve bottles. He has increased the production of Brunello del Greppo from the 4 hectares cultivated until his father’s death, to the current 25.

The future continuity of Greppo is represented by Franco’s two children: Jacopo, with his vivid imagination in relation to wines (firmly convinced of the typical character of Brunello del Greppo), and Alessandra (involved in promoting the estate).