Offered JUNE 13th, 2017

The Biondi-Santi family has been cultivating grapes and making wine at Il Greppo estate since the mid-19th century. Founder Ferruccio Biondi-Santi was the first to isolate a clone of Sangiovese and began vinifying it on its own, without white grapes, as was then the custom – thus began the wine we know today as Brunello di Montalcino.

His son Tancredi typified Brunello, setting the guidelines for the production discipline and introducing the Biondi-Santi wine to the international market, where it received noteworthy recognition and achieved legendary status. Franco, Tancredi’s son and a trained enologist, worked closely with his father for decades, learning to master the subtle art of winemaking. Following traditional methods and cellar practices, he steadfastly produced an incomparable collection of vintages.

The 47 hectare Il Greppo estate stretches across the hillside to the southeast of Montalcino, and enjoys an ideal microclimate and soil for the production of aromatic red wines, which are perfect for long aging. The soil is lean, very rich in heavy stone and marl; the microclimate has a tendency to be dry when the grapes ripen, which fully enhances the aromas and the structure of the wine.
For most of the last several decades, Il Greppo was managed by Ferruccio’s grandson Franco, until his recent passing at the age of ninety-one. Known as the “Gentleman of Montalcino,” Franco produced many vintages of classic, traditional wine – lean and aromatic; best known for their incredible ability to age and improve for several decades in the cellar.

Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2007
36 bottles available
$115 per bottle

94 points Vinous: “The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is gorgeous. The estate’s preference for picking on the early side is one of the factors that help balance some of the fleshiness of the vintage. This is an especially silky, supple Brunello from Biondi-Santi. The overt personality of the year comes through, but not at the expense of the house’s style. Floral notes reappear to frame the elegant, expressive finish.”

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