I tasted this wine immediately before its final assembly from two separate vats (one stainless steel and the other glass-lined cement). The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino will be released in June of this year. This wine is beautifully endowed with bright fruit flavors of cherry and cassis that lift effortlessly from the bouquet. The warm growing season has helped shape soft and lasting fruit flavors. The wine is fresh and snappy crisp in terms of mouthfeel.
The iconic cypress-lined drive to Tenuta Greppo in Montalcino ushers you through a quiet and shady passageway onto the spiritual birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s most celebrated and historic wines. This is the location of Tenuta Biondi Santi, previously owned by the very family credited with inventing the 100% Sangiovese-based wine in the late 1800s. Four generations ago, Ferruccio Biondi Santi produced what would become the first commercial bottling of oak-aged Brunello di Montalcino in 1888. Today, Tenuta Biondi Santi is part of an important trend that is changing the landscape of this popular and profitable wine appellation. It is among the largest—and definitely the most symbolic—of Montalcino’s wine estates to pass from Italian family ownership to foreign investors. Other recent acquisitions to non-Italian buyers include La Cerbaiona (sold to American venture capitalist Gary Rieschel), Podere Salicutti (now owned by a German restaurant entrepreneur), Podere Brizio (sold to Argentinian businessman Alejandro Bulgheroni) and Poggio Antico (bought by Belgium’s Atlas Invest).