Tenuta Biondi Santi
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 – Biondi Santi
With a bright ruby red colour this Riserva cleverly combines its impressive structure, characteristic of the 2006 vintage, and the lively acidity typical of Biondi-Santi, in a wine with great finesse and depth. The fruity notes are still fresh and well developed, underlined by balsamic hints and light floral sensations reminiscent of the vineyard in spring. It’s well-balanced on the palate, sphere-shaped, soft and enveloping, leading us to a long-lingering, elegant and mineral aftertaste.
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It is a rare phenomenon that a wine can trace its origins to a single man. Brunello di Montalcino, however, owes its existence to the creative genius of Clemente Santi and his nephew Ferruccio Biondi Santi who in the eighteen hundreds started producing barrel-aged single-varietal wines in Montalcino, betting on the extraordinary quality potential of Sangiovese grosso.
Since 1888, the first vintage of Brunello in history, Biondi-Santi has continued to produce wines renowned for their elegance and extraordinary longevity.
No compromise. Only a painstaking, yet simple attention to detail and an artisanal sense of excellence accompanies the production of the Brunello Biondi-Santi, that is produced exclusively with estate grown grapes, hand selected from our high-altitude vineyards. It is fermented in cement vats with the use of indigenous yeasts only and aged in traditional large Slavonian oak casks.
Brunello Riserva 2006
The 2006 Brunello was produced with our proprietary clone of Sangiovese Grosso called BBS11 (Brunello Biondi Santi 11), which was identified and selected by Biondi-Santi at Tenuta Greppo in the Seventies. For this Brunello we exclusively used grapes from the vines with between 10 and 25 years of age.
The period from April to June in Toscany was characterized by persistent rainfalls that favoured an important deposit of water in the soil, a useful reserve during the summer. The month of July was very hot and dry while the temperatures of August were slightly below average and the first part of September was warm and dry. The vines were able to develop their vegetative cycle in a regular manner without problems, benefiting from the last 2 warm weeks of September to achieve a perfectly balanced ripeness. Harvest began on September 18th.
The 2006 Brunello was aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years. It benefited from a long refinement in the bottle.