Produced for the first time in 1888, the Biondi-Santi Riserva was the first Brunello di Montalcino in history, and even today it is an extraordinary event when a new vintage of Riserva is announced at Tenuta Greppo, the Biondi-Santi main estate.
Renowned for its extraordinary longevity, this rare wine has been released only 40 times from 1888 till today and each production is extremely limited. Riserva is traditionally produced with grapes coming from only the oldest vineyards, of more than 25 years of age. At the center of the cellar at Tenuta Greppo, there is a dark room, hidden away from the world, dedicated specifically to Riserva.
It is “La Storica”, the estate wine library where Biondi-Santi carefully refines the bottles of each Riserva vintage ever produced.
The 2016 harvest is the 42nd Riserva produced from 1888 to today..
Structure and grace, tension and fragrance shape the personality of this Riserva where dark cherries and dried violets find depth in infinite balsamic sensations and scents of Mediterranean scrub, menthol, leather and flint.
On the palate, the firm structure with young tannins, still pleasantly lively, and a vibrant freshness presage a vintage destined for a very long life.
The finish is persistent and seductive with hints of dried herbs wrapped in savory, almost iodized sensations.
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