The Biondi-Santi estate, Il Greppo, 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 might have isolated the Sangiovese clone that has come to be known as BBS11, and his son Ferrucio might have used it to create the Brunello we know and love, but Feruccio's grandon Tancredi realized the wine's ability to age. He bottled his Brunello in the standard 750-ml bottles, stored them for the collector market, and instituted the practice of "topping off" and recorking old vintages to maintain the wine's integrity. Because of Tancredi, the wine world has bottles of Biondi-Santi dating back many decades--but even more importantly, because of this man's foresight, Italian wine itself became viable on the world collector's market.
Last week, I was proud to offer seven vintages of historic Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva from the '50s, '60s and '60s. Today, I'm very pleased to offer ten more vintages from the '80s, '90s and '00s. Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away a couple of years ago, was more than a business partner to me; he was a friend. I worked with him to secure these pieces of Biondi-Santi history, keeping them as carefully as he had, working to preserve them in the way his father had, waiting to present these long-aging wines to you, my clients. We talk about wine as a living thing, as a distillation of history, or as a collector gem, but when you drink one of these decades-old Biondi-Santi Brunellos, those abstract concepts become tangible, and it is a beautiful experience.
Along with these Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva bottles, I'm very happy to present two affordable luxuries--the '09 Brunello from Gianni Brunelli and the '06 Barolo Pajana Riserva from Renzo Seghesio. I try to find quality wines at a variety of price points, and it's hard to find a better Brunello or Barolo at the price points these bottlings offer. Not every wine-lover is a wine collector, and not every bottle is collectable, but that doesn't mean they're not important to me. These two wines are as authentic as you can find!
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