The Il Greppo estate looms large in the landscape of wine. It's the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, first and foremost, but it's so much more than that. Clemente Santi isolated the Sangiovese clone that has come to be known as BBS11, his son Ferrucio used it to create the Brunello we know and love, and Tancredi Biondi-Santi realized the wine's ability to age. Because of the hard work done by Tancredi and his son, Franco, Brunello became a recognized DOCG wine in 1968. There were only a few dozen of Brunello makers until the late '80s; now there are hundreds of estates.
Franco Biondi-Santi, the "Gentleman of Montalcino" who passed away in 2013, fought hard to keep Brunello pure, unadulterated Sangiovese Grosso, the wine that his forebears created. Wine writers, industry people, winemakers, and Brunello lovers have exclaimed over the 2010 vintage, and there are many reasons why, but perhaps nowhere do all of these reasons converge better than in this Brunello Riserva from Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo, the birthplace of Brunello. The 2010 Biond-Santi Brunello Riserva offerd today is a pure, authentic, complex, ethereal, nearly eternal bottle of wine; it's the kind of wine that will make you fall in love over and over and over, every time you drink it--but wait a little while. This wine needs some time to show its beauty.
This Brunello Riserva from Biondi-Santi demands good company, I'm very proud to offer a pair of wines that complement the austere beauty of this Brunello. First, there's a large format bottle of Galardi's Aglianico-based Terra di Lavoro, the cult Campania wine. Usually this wine needs years of cellar time, but this '09 is ready to drink early, even though you can let it sit in your cellar if you want it to grow even better. Finally, I've secured a small allocation of Tenuta Di Trinoro 2003 Trinoro, which hails from the border of Lazio and Umbria. This Bordeaux-style blend is a knockout, and those of you who love Super Tuscans will love this bottle.