2013 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino
Sangiovese Grosso - 750ML
2013 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino
  • WE 98
  • WA 96
  • DC 95
  • W&S 95
  • JS 93
  • WS 92

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Reg: $199.94

$174.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 4 btls
ETA: Jan. 2022

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WE 98
Wine Enthusiast, June 2019
Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this stunning red still shows the estate's hallmark of elegance and structure, opening with enticing scents of rose, iris, wild red berry and a whiff of new leather. The vibrant palate is...   Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this stunning red still shows the estate's hallmark of elegance and structure, opening with enticing scents of rose, iris, wild red berry and a whiff of new leather. The vibrant palate is dazzling and almost ethereal, delivering flavors of succulent red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and a hint of forest floor. Taut, polished tannins and bright acidity provide impeccable balance. Drink 2021–2033.  
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2019
96+ This is the year dottore Franco Biondi Santi would pass away, leaving the Brunello appellation orphaned because he was its most beloved and respected paternal figure. A wine shaped very much in his memory, the 2013...   96+ This is the year dottore Franco Biondi Santi would pass away, leaving the Brunello appellation orphaned because he was its most beloved and respected paternal figure. A wine shaped very much in his memory, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a stunning edition, with a tight inner core of wild fruit and natural acidity surrounded by elegant tones of blue flower, wild cherry, cured tobacco, balsam herb and camphor ash. This vintage displays a beautiful garnet color that shines in the glass followed by mid-weight concentration and an especially fresh and vibrant finish that lasts for many long minutes. This wine should be held in the cellar for at least ten more years. - Monica Larner  
DC 95
Decanter, February 2019
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...   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.  
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits, April 2020
This wine’s classic structure and elegant balance are fitting for a wine harvested in the year that Franco Biondi-Santi passed away. The wine feels taut and crunchy, the red cherry and pomegranate flavors highlighted by...   This wine’s classic structure and elegant balance are fitting for a wine harvested in the year that Franco Biondi-Santi passed away. The wine feels taut and crunchy, the red cherry and pomegranate flavors highlighted by notes of orange peel, thyme, sage and lavender. Firm, ferrous tannins frame the flavors as notes of smoke, cedar and grilled game emerge, lending the wine extra depth. Wilson Daniels, St. Helena, CA  
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, October 2019
This is a fascinating red that evolves wonderfully with air from leather, mushroom and dusty aromas to dried flowers and plums. Medium body. Firm and lightly chewy tannins with intense acidity. Traditional, as always...   This is a fascinating red that evolves wonderfully with air from leather, mushroom and dusty aromas to dried flowers and plums. Medium body. Firm and lightly chewy tannins with intense acidity. Traditional, as always. Decanting recommended. Drink or hold.  
WS 92
Wine Spectator, June 2019
Pretty cherry, strawberry, juniper, wild rosemary, iron and sanguine aromas and flavors are welded to a firm structure. This is ripe and complex, with a fine aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2036. 375 cases imported. — BS
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese Grosso
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Brunello di Montalcino
Vintage 2013
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Label

The flagship Biondi Santi Brunello, the Annata, is produced from vines between 10 and 25 years old and is aged for 36 months in Slavonian oak casks. With incredible longevity, Annata can age from 20 to 40 years. To allow the flavor to fully unfold, Biondi Santi recommends opening and allowing the wine to aerate for several hours before drinking.

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).