Biondi Santi - Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2016 (750ml)


Price: $725.00

Producer Biondi Santi
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Subregion Brunello Di Montalcino
Varietal Sangiovese
Vintage 2016
Sku 5917
Size 750ml

Wine Advocate: 99 Points

Wow here is a vintage I've been anxiously waiting to try. The 2016 growing season was one of the best in recent memory in Montalcino and if we look back in time this vintage marks the year Biondi-Santi was sold to a French group. The prestigious 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva proves a mighty collector's bottle that will undoubtedly gain in complexity and depth with careful bottle age. The wine offers wild nuances of forest berry and tart cherry and there are herbal side notes as well as floral tones of dried violet and lilac. The tannins are soft powdery and feel like they melt away on the palate.

James Suckling: 98 Points

Aromas of strawberries flowers fresh mushroom forest flower sandalwood and hints of balsamic. Full-bodied and tight on the finish. This is a linear and fine-tannined red. Available in March 2023. Needs another five years or so to show its full potential. New classic. Better after 2026.


Wine Spectator: 98 Points

A harmonious balanced red this sets the stage perfectly for the cherry strawberry floral iron and tobacco flavors. Fresh and detailed with a linear profile and refined structure driving the seemingly endless finish. Superb. Best from 2026 through 2050.

Jeb Dunnuck: 98 Points

The 2016 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva is layered and unfolds in the glass with incense baking spice ripe red cherry and cedar. It has more concentration and length through the mid-palate and offers an impeccable balance of structure ripeness and tension. It is expressive on the nose but it is even more impactful at this stage with its intensity through the palate with nearly electric energy of wild raspberry rose petal tea leaf and orange zest. Allow for cellaring another 3-4 years. Drink 2026-2046.

Vinous: 96 Points

Savory depths of sage red currants underbrush dried roses worn leather hints of iodine and cedar smolder up from the darkly alluring 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This impresses first with its purity then with its energy seamlessly silky and refined yet almost racy in style with saline-infused wild berries and nuances of sour citrus that drench the palate lifted by a flourish of mint. The 2016 finishes with crystalline tannins creating an almost-crunchy sensation as tart red fruits and nuances of licorice slowly taper off. There?s an invigorating feel to the 2016 Riserva that I?ve never witnessed from a bottle of Biondi Santi Brunello which coupled with a depth of beautifully pure and delineated fruits makes it a total pleasure to taste. That said the 2016 is structured and built for a long and prosperous maturation. - By Eric Guido on October 2022

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