October 31, 2017
A Note from Sergio
The Il Greppo cellar may be the best exemplar of what makes Biondi-Santi so very Biondi-Santi. On a botti just outside the locked door of the estate's private cellar, sit a worn tweed fedora and a cast-iron candleholder fitted with a simple white candle. They belonged to Franco Biondi-Santi, the late, great "Gentleman of Montalcino," and they rest waiting for him to don the hat and carry the candle, the only illumination he'd allow in his private cellar. It's what his father, Tancredi, did, and it's what his father's father, Ferruccio, and his grandfather's father, Clemente, did before him.Today's Featured Sections Include:
The Il Greppo cellar holds its giant botti, many of which are 150 years old. Franco used them to make his Brunelli because, he once told me, they "stamp the new vintages with the DNA of the old." Like the hat and the candle, it's what Franco's winemaker forefathers did before him--and it's what Franco's son Jacopo does now. Most producers would have replaced those botti decades ago; most producers would have had to do so. In the hands of most winemakers, botti grow old and stagnant over time--they age and they grow unproductive. But Biondi-Santi seems to have gotten a pardon from time. Year after year, decade after decade, these botti turn out amazing, ethereal wines, wines with near eternal aging properties, wines that only get better and better with time.
Today, I'm very proud to present the new 2012 Brunello from Biondi-Santi. I can't even pop the cork of this wine without missing my friend and mentor, Franco, who passed a couple of years ago. This wine's scent in my nose, its color in the glass, and its feel in my mouth seem to summon him. Biondi-Santi's '12 Brunello is a beautiful wine, and I look forward to drinking it again and again, each time experiencing a new facet, reawakening an old recollection, and making a new memory.
Along with this new Biondi-Santi release is a pair of wines from Alberico, Alessia Antinori's project to revive the winemaking legacy of her grandfather, Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa. Like the new Il Greppo Brunello, Alessia's project is a way of stopping time--or at least changing its course--and these two wines taste like love, like history, and like the special Lazio lands where they originated. Don't miss Alberico's 2014 Bianco and 2012 Rosso; they're wines that are generations in the making. Finally, I snagged a few more bottles of Poderi Aldo Conterno's 2013 Langhe Rosso. It's under $30 and it's ready for you to drink right now!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Transcendent Biondi-Santi 2012 Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Reviving the Prince's Wines with Two New Alberico Releases
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Your Go-To Aldo Conterno Rosso--Really!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events