1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
By Biondi Santi
Exceptional Vintage: the 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi SantiThe radiant gem that is the 1995 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi is a testament to Italy's incredible viticultural lineage. A particularly defining year, 1995 was defined by unique weather patterns bestowing an unparalleled elegance upon this wine.
Intense Elegance Defined by ClimateThe excellent weather conditions of the summer in Montalcino created an ideal environment for ripening the distinct Sangiovese grape. The complex interplay between abundant sunshine and cooling sea breezes allowed optimal maturation, prompting an elegant balance between breathtaking intensity and refined structure in the wine.
An Unforgettable Sensory ExperienceThis 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi deeply impresses with its profound garnet hue. The impeccable aroma marries ripe plum notes with enchanting hints of preserved cherry, heightened by whispers of earthy leather and sweet spices. Its bold attack on the palate, underscored by fine tannins, evolves into an operatic finish boasting delectable notes of dried fruits and nuanced cocoa.
Legacy Wine as Investment ProspectPerhaps one of the most defining aspects of this fine vintage wine from Italy is its incredible cellaring potential. Given the inherent longevity of Sangiovese-based wines, coupled with exceptional vintage-specific characteristics, this offering by Biondi Santi presents as a discerning choice for fine wine investments. In final analysis, the 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi melds sovereign character with long-term investment merit – a compelling embodiment of Italy’s rich vineyard heritage and a holistic showcase of terroir fused with climatic endowment. Embarking on the journey of sampling this gem is akin to thumbing through the well-preserved pages of a beautifully-written epic, with each chapter unfurling more fascination than the last. Truly capturing the spirit of Tuscany in 1995, this wine stands triumphant as one of Italy's priceless vinous treasures.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva opens to a dark garnet appearance and shows more visible concentration compared to the other library selection vintages presented at this tasting. The bouquet is broad and far reaching in character with dried blackberry and plum followed by savory tobacco and spice. This vintage is fleshy, rich and powerful. It offers balanced tertiary aromas, but they are not the protagonist, and that sense of impeccable balance serves as a measure of how well this wine has held up over time.
Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 31 July 2019