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2001 Biondi-Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese - Italy - Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino - Red

Italy - Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino

Red Sangiovese
Score
93
WS 93
WA 94
IWC 94
Drink Dates
WA: 2016-2041 WS: 2025-2060
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue Online Only

Medium light, bright ruby. Captivating aromas of underripe red cherry, redcurrant, orange zest, tobacco and leather, all lifted by a lovely floral twist. Lean and penetrating on entry, then fleshier in the middle and concentrated, with enticing sour red cherry, almond and plum flavors. Bright, almost shrill acids give the flavors laser-like precision and a very clean, pure quality on the extremely long, fine-grained finish. Paradigmatic old-school Brunello but with a degree of flesh and concentration not always apparent here in recent vintages. Given my experience with these Brunellos (I recently had the 1970, 1964, and 1955, all still in fine form), I'd say this one will be around longer than you or I will.

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WA 94
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 173
Drink Dates 2016-2041

Biondi-Santi's 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is just as terrific in bottle as it was when I tasted it from cask last year. A dark, translucent red, it reveals superb freshness in its aromatics, with notes of small red fruits, spices, flowers, mint and anise that you could get lost in. It is perhaps less rewarding on the palate today, but its class is amply evident in the purity of its fruit and silkiness of its tannins. This is a wine built for tertiary development that will occur over the following years and decades. Readers who appreciate classically built, age-worthy wines and have the time to wait will find much to admire. In the meantime, this Brunello is all about potential, and there is plenty of that here. It is a great effort.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2025-2060

Pure and elegant, offering cherry, floral, cedar and sage flavors, showing some heft on the palate, with dense tannins coupled to a silky texture. Focused on the primary Sangiovese fruit, this has not developed the complex bouquet of the older vintages. Tannins still rule the finish, with cherry, tobacco and mineral elements.

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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.214%
Tasted On 03/16/2014

Solid if not spectacular

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