1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
By Biondi Santi
1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi
The 1997 vintage from the illustrious Biondi Santi is a fine example of the mastery of their craft, showcasing an unparalleled blend of structure, finesse and longevity. This Brunello di Monticino Riserva gifts the palate with an exotic mix of ripe black cherries, dark plums and dried figs which are underscored by earthy nuances and subtle notes of tobacco, leather, and a hint of espresso creating a beautifully balanced symphony of flavours.
An exemplary vintage for remarkable investment
Endowed with the fortitude of an exceptional growing season in Tuscany in 1997, this Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from Biondi Santi is a display of both wisdom and audacity. The hotter-than-average summer allowed the grapes to reach optimal ripeness, thus resulting in wines with more concentrated, expressive flavour profiles. Investable not just for its impressive flavour signature but also its ageing potential, this exquisite Italian wine has evolved greatly over the years yet still retains its bold and complex persona.
Terroir and master craftsmanship culminate in excellence
Biondi Santi's captivating blend comes from vines nestled in the heart of Montalcino, gifted with a special microclimate that fosters wine of incredible depth and character. The perfect marriage of calcareous soils with stellar winemaking techniques form a passionately crafted masterpiece that testifies to the estate's fame for producing one of Italy's most coveted wines.
The 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a testament to Biondi Santi's aptitude for harnessing the raw power of nature and shaping it into liquid elegance. Abound with promise for future development whilst maintaining its beautiful expression of vintage and terroir, it asserts itself as an excellent choice for those considering fine wines from Italy as a worthy addition to their investment portfolio.
A benchmark for Brunello, an ambassador for Italy
With the 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Biondi Santi sets a high bar for Italian wines. Powerful and rich yet beautifully balanced, it demonstrates refinement and longevity seldom found elsewhere. An unforgettable bottle in the annals of the territory's viticulture history, this vintage stands not just as a testament to the respected producer's reputation for crafting masterpieces but also as a beacon lighting the path forward for Italian winemaking on the global fine wine scene.
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Scores and tasting notes
This older release is paired with the 2011 Riserva in a special packaging effort now proposed by the new management team at Tenuta Greppo. The Biondi-Santi 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva was never previously reviewed; therefore, I am very excited to add an official record of this stunning wine to our database. This vintage delivers structure and age-worthy intensity that should carry it forward successfully for more years ahead. However, if you decide to pop the cork now, rest assured that this excellent Brunello has now entered its prime drinking window. The bouquet is polished and fine, with wild fruit aromas that segue to balsam herb and licorice. The finish is long and extremely polished. This is a real beauty.
Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2018