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Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2017

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750ml /
Vintage: 2017
  • WS 94
  • WA 96
  • JD 96
  • JS 96
  • VIN 93
  • WI 96
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TheBiondi-SantiBrunello di Montalcino 2017 is an outstanding expression of the Sangiovese Grosso grape, boasting a rich and complex bouquet of red fruits, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices. The wine offers a beautiful deep ruby hue, with light garnet red highlights at the rim. The nose is intensely aromatic, offering intense aromas of red cherry, raspberry, blackberry, violets, black pepper, fresh tobacco, blueberry, lemon peel, and a trace of licorice. On the palate, this elegant, medium-bodied wine offers fresh-fruit flavors, red currant, cranberry, pomegranate, and star anise, finishing long and velvety, with supple tannins. The 2017 Brunello is an incredibly balanced and poised wine with excellent intensity and complexity. The presence of acidity adds freshness and vivacity to the experience, while the firm tannins provide structure and depth. With its remarkable finesse and grace, this vintage is sure to tantalize your senses.

The winemaker Federico Radi has expertly crafted a delectable beauty that is sure to please any palate. With its intense aromas, fresh fruit flavors, and long finish, the 2017 Brunello is an outstanding example of fine Italian winemaking and a wine worthy of accolades. It is consistently praised for its extraordinary complexity, finesse, and now will be studied and enjoyed for many years to come.

Weight 3.5 lbs

75 reviews for Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2017

  1. James Patrick

    Disappointing wine, possibly too young or not opened long enough.

  2. Michael Martin

    Balanced with hints of leather and spice, but slightly subdued. Tasted alongside a superb 2008 Cerretalto.

  3. Drew Phelps

    Classic wine with lovely color and pretty aromatics, but needs 3-4 years to showcase its true potential. Not worth opening now as it’s overpriced and far from exciting. Drink 2022-2035.

  4. Robin Wachtel

    Vinen er ganske så rik på duft, med spisse kryddertoner som stikker opp, i forkant av en fin floral tone og litt kjølige jordbær. Ganske så forførende dette. , «Baang!» vinen er direkte i munnen, her er det konsentret vin! Innhold av syre og tanniner er høy, selv om det kamufleres godt med skikkelige saftige rød frukter som kirsebær og jordbær. Frukten danser i flott takt med litt karamell, sjokolade, krydder, og lette minttoner på en lang utgang. Dette er eleganse og struktur altså! , Flott vin som drikker yngre i denne tilgjengelige årgangen, og bør være i god balanse allerede om 10 år. 94-95 poeng., http://www.botti.no/2017/11/09/biondi-santi/

  5. John Hollinger

    Intense explosion of red fruit with chiseled acidity and persistence. Muted nose with a hint of red berries and baby fat. Long and convincing.

  6. Claude Ball

    Italian wine with medium garnet red color, smells earthy with notes of sulfur and dried red berries. Medium tannins, very dry on the palate with a long finish. Drink till 2028. (89+)

  7. Ricky Graves

    Intense and focused, but lacking in energy and drive.

  8. Esther Grim

    Complex and savory with a bright acidity. Needs time to mature.

  9. Mary Herron

    Floral and lively, requires aging.

  10. Chris Wheeless

    Soft and elegant red fruit with wonderful balance and length. Sneaky power. Better than the 2011 Riserva. Cellar time will reward patience.

  11. Jean Turner

    Silky and cool texture with dusky red cherries. Hint of chalky tannins on a smooth finish. Young yet drinkable now. 94 pts.

  12. John Allen

    Rich and spicy aroma with floral and cool red berry notes. Seductive. Great fruit quality with juicy red fruits, dried berries, caramel, wood, spice, and light mint on a long finish. Elegant and structured. Drinkable now and balanced in 10 years.

  13. Kimberly Marquez

    “Elegant with cherry and bitter notes. Slightly tannic and acidic. Needs aging for a year. Nice subtle acidity with cinnamon notes. Good!”

  14. Michael Campoy

    Classic with a tight, quiet nose. Cherry, leather, cured meat, and dusty flavors. Needs time to reach its full potential.

  15. Colleen Nivens

    Compelling nose, soft front palate, hard-edged back. Needs time due to acidity. Possible improvement in the future, but uncertain how long it will take.

  16. Art Hale

    Great balance with notes of cherry, rose, spices, and mushrooms. Medium-bodied with mature tannins and a silky finish. Will be available early, expect 10-15 years.

  17. Mitzi Sykes

    Pale ruby with a clean nose of cherry, strawberry, and cranberry. Dry with high acidity and tannins, medium body, and a long finish with notes of leather and Christmas cake. A powerful and elegant wine, a fantastic experience.

  18. Anthony Rishel

    “Unequivocally great wine. Exuberant red fruit, dried herbs, sweet and ripe, balanced with young tannins and a slight bitter note. Intensely concentrated and perfumed.”

  19. Stephanie Salk

    “Cherry and red berry aroma, fresh and juicy fruit taste with an elegant structure and lovely balance. Long-lasting and rated 93.”

  20. Mark Stephens

    Young, tight and apparently complex with a brooding nose of tar, dark cherries, gentle oak and a touch floral. Medium-light bodied with an elegant taste of dark-fruited tar, medium+ to high acidity. Time will treat it nicely. Drink it 20 years from now.

  21. Tamika Alexander

    Promising but uncertain. Unyielding on night one, but showed potential on night two. Hard to predict its future, but no visible flaws and concentrated fruit. A-?

  22. Wendy Foster

    Fruity aroma, light purple color. Strong red fruit taste with slight earthiness and medium linger. Good wine in a great year.

  23. Timothy Starcher

    Balanced, classical, mature yet youthful. Understated style.

  24. Donna Jones

    Breakfast wine with old wood, finesse, and good acidity.

  25. Edna Massey

    Great wine, dark cherry with cocoa powder and powdery tannins. Perfect acid and fruit balance. Try again in 5-10 years. Price is reasonable.

  26. Daniel Kranz

    Classic aromas of Montalcino, redberry fruit, orange peel, minerals, and rich barn. Full-bodied with good mouthfeel and minerality, finish with freshness. Very good Brunello! 94 points.

  27. Ida Ramsey

    2012 Percarlo: Fresh and young wine with notes of orange, cherry, sage, and menthol. High toned and elegant with piercing tannins.

  28. Jodie Jarvis

    Biondi-Santi Dinner with Tancredi Biondi-Santi (RPM Italian, Chicago, IL) – deeply perfumed and lifted nose, medium bodied with tart, medium+ acidity and chewy, high tannins. Gorgeous Brunello that shows off all of the best qualities of the grape and region.

  29. Fernando Smith

    Full-bodied wine with dark fruits, gamey aroma, and a tight structure. Orange rind note lifts it up. Mid-palate and finish are compact. Hold.

  30. Micheal Bruce

    Beautiful wine with tart cherry and tannins on the palate. Hint of Italian dirt on the nose. Will improve with age.

  31. Joyce Pollock

    Complex red cherry with floral, spice and fruit character. Lots of acidity and silky tannins. Elegantly nuanced with 92-93+ point potential. A highlight.

  32. Randi Watson

    Complex nose of pine, rose petals, earth, tobacco, and cherries. Fine, undergrowth notes, crisp cherry fruit, energetic acidity, and long tarry finish.

  33. Cathy Talley

    Balanced, complex, and elegant.

  34. Anthony Pease

    Great potential, needs time to mature. Above average now, but can reach 93 pts in 5+ years.

  35. Noel Sylvester

    Open and fresh with aromas of strawberry, flowers, raspberry and mushroom. Cherry, strawberry and sour cherry flavors with nutty and tobacco aftertaste. Needs time. Score: 95.

  36. Angel Horne

    Light ruby color with a pleasant taste of cherries, spices, and dusty earth. However, if it’s in the top 3 of the vintage, there’s a problem per Ian D.

  37. Patrica Oslund

    Consistent year to year, solid but not exceptional compared to previous vintages.

  38. Sophie Picking

    Review: Fresh 67PM tasting, notes of cherry, redcurrant, and hints of orange.

  39. George Ross

    Young wine, sour cherry taste, lacks complexity. Needs more time to mature.

  40. Larry Brown

    Notes of florals, ash, perfume, Rose, tea leaf, and cherry fruit are well-integrated. Dusty earth tones and mineral-driven.

  41. Eugenia Smith

    Day two: Amazing smell, great taste.

  42. Jeffrey Breen

    Excellent young wine with flavors of tobacco, tart cherry, and game. Full-bodied and fresh, ready to enjoy.

  43. David Peterson

    Great Brunello producer with a punchy 2015 vintage. Good acid, structure, violets, and cherries. Let it sit in bottle or decanter before opening. Biondi-Santi wines are ready at release, but this one is strong.

  44. Vincent Gray

    Pure and lean, with a savory earthiness. Just opened.

  45. Kimberly Castro

    (TST) Small glass. Oak and red fruit. Smooth tannins and acidic finish. Thin, warm, needs more air.

  46. Abraham Marsh

    Balanced and elegant. Notes of oak and fresh cherries on the nose. Red berries dominate the palate with fine tannins and a slight alcohol kick. Ready to drink now, but can age gracefully.

  47. Paul Godsey

    Good BdM

  48. James Mike

    Review: A quintessential brunello with herbal, mineral notes, good cherry fruit, and a tight structure. Young but integrated, with hints of anise and clove.

  49. Lillian Mcclendon

    Disappointing bottle at Bice in Milan. Light body, prunes and old fruit on the nose, lack of fruit on the palate, and an okay finish. Not great complexity or balance, with a strong eucalyptus flavor.

  50. Gary Woods

    Reviewed wine at Enoteca di Piazza, Montalcino. Tried Biondi-Santi 2015 due to 2016 unavailability. Burst of dark fruit flavors with long, lingering finish. Will be a great wine with controlled tannins.

  51. John Martin

    Poor quality wine. Weak taste.

  52. Richard Ly

    Great classic full-bodied wine with cherry, anise, and autumn leaves aroma. Forward-facing red fruit with orange peel, prune, and mushroom flavors. Deep, complex, and salty finish with excellent tannins.

  53. James Knutson

    Balanced and pure with cherry and mint notes, this wine paired well with Argentinian ribeye steak. Could use more depth, but still delicious. 93.

  54. Mary Rivers

    Top 2015 Brunellos: Madonna delle Grazie, Casanova Tenuta Nuova, Canalicchio La Casaccia and this one.

  55. Andrew Heatherly

    Surprising balance. Young and ripe. Satisfying with Italian pasta and roast meats.

  56. Terry Stallsworth

    Light body, fresh red fruit, hints of strawberry, mint, lavender, tobacco, pine cones, and forest. Moderate tension, medium-minus finish. Thinner than expected.

  57. Michelle Sylvester

    Med(-) ruby with violet, cherry, and raspberry notes. Has a fresh aroma with a touch of cloves, dried herbs, vanilla, pencil shave, white pepper, toast, dried flowers, raisin, and fig. The wine has very fine tannins and high acidity, making it long and complex with a slight bitter aftertaste.

  58. Anthony Watts

    Biondi-Santi is a benchmark wine, with significant structure, firm tannins, and racy acidity. The wine offers bright red cherry fruits, dried herbs, black tea, orange bitters, dusty earth, and a kiss of spice.

  59. Maryanne Lindsay

    Fresh and elegant wine, harvested on September 19th. Cask separated in new ownership. 2015 and 2016 vintages have high alcohol. Style of the future is 2016.

  60. Anita Babcock

    Approachable 2016 vintage with complex aromas of rose petals, cranberries, and cherries. Aged in Slavonian oak for 36 months, elegant and velvety with polished tannins and a fruity finish.

  61. Robert Mims

    New Review: Newly released wine with funky nose, closed and tight. Hard to rate, unsure if likable.

  62. Michael Broughton

    This vintage is a fake, no Brunello was produced.

  63. Damien Richardson

    Intense Brunello with layers of dark fruits, tobacco, and tar. Tannins still need time to soften. Hold onto it for a few more years.

  64. Gary Justice

    Classic proportions with ripe aromas, young, dry, and tannic with a hint of dried fruit.

  65. Deana Stubblefield

    Il Greppo’s wine has a complex nose featuring thyme, rosemary, anise, raspberry, and dark berries. Its palate has a savory note, black cherries, and super refined tannins. This wine feels young but has immense potential. The wine is elegant, has a supercharged energetic core and is 14% alcohol. It is a signature wine of Il Greppo. 97 now with further upside with more bottle age.

  66. Rose Arguello

    Excellent young wine with a spicy and full-bodied taste, featuring primary mineral notes and a dramatic finish.

  67. Theresa Franklin

    Excellent wine with alluring floral, sweet fruit, tar, campfire smoke, and savory mineral notes. Lifting and transparent.

  68. Deborah Stein

    Red fruit notes dominate this NYC wine.

  69. Joseph Allen

    Classy and powerful, this fresh wine offers fantastic energy with mineral, floral, and savory notes. Bright red fruits with great texture unfolding and length. Loved it!

  70. William Root

    Young, ruby red with vibrant green leaves and berry scents. Palate ripe and almost sweet with a savory under layer of spices and herbs. Excellent potential, no score given. Score range 92-95.

  71. Adan Pitre

    A well-built Italian red, best opened an hour before drinking. Balanced flavors and great tannin for aging.

  72. Ray Garza

    Great 07 Biondi-Santi Brunello. Burgundy-like red with fine red fruit aroma, tannins, and good length. QPR bearable.

  73. Victor Fisher

    Balanced palate with fine tannins. Red plum, licorice, mineral, toast and coffee notes. Persistent flavors with pronounced intensity and charming elegance. Long and lingering finish.

  74. Jesica Mimms

    Biondi Santi Masterclass: Riper, fruitier, more approachable. Dark cherry, sweet spices, expressive. Medium plus flavour intensity and long finish. Maybe a miss in style.

  75. Jennifer Harris

    Medium garnet with hints of orange. Initially reserved nose with hints of herbs, roses, red cherries, and strawberries. Opens up beautifully with air, revealing complex notes of black tea, ginger, and liquorice. Powerful palate with a firm structure, ultra-fine tannins, and integrated acidity. Long, spicy finish with floral undertones. Excellent wine from a great vintage with immense aging potential. 96 points.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 94

Wine Spectator

A fresh energetic red boasting black cherry blackberry iron rosemary and stone flavors. Reveals assertive tannins that ply the long finish for now but this is all about balance and definition. Shows terrific length. Best from 2025 through 2043.
WA 96

Wine Advocate

A delicately sweet note of fresh summer cherry is a precursor to budding complexity and a very articulate bouquet that opens quickly in the glass. Immediately pleasing fruit is a characteristic of the 2017 growing season that had above average temperatures and drought throughout the summer. The resistant 2017 Brunello di Montalcino takes on these challenges without missing a beat. The wine's celebrated acidity and its small berry nuances remain intact. The tannins are silky and the wine's flavors fade slowly even after you have taken your last sip.
JD 96

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Brunello Di Montalcino is surprising in its freshness, considering the warmth of the vintage, and speaks to the cooler, northern-facing exposition of the estate. It is refined with ripe red cherry, raspberry, anise, and incense and is fresh with cherry fruit, warming spices, macchia, and herbes de Provence. It is ripe though it maintains a medium frame, with well-managed tannins and balanced acidity. It is a lovely and charming wine and is rather approachable now.
JS 96

James Suckling

Sweet berry orange peel cedar bark and forest flower aromas follow through to a medium to full body with linear and fine tannins and a crunchy undertone. It?s very subtle and fresh for a 2017. Crisp and vivid. It?s refined and acid-driven. Needs three to four years more to soften. Try after 2026.
VIN 93


The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is a model of grace and refinement with exotic spice nuances that blow off to reveal wild strawberries rosemary dried flowers and worn leather. It?s unbelievably lifted and refined for the vintage with a wave of saline-tinged red fruits that cascade across a core of zesty acidity. There?s an edginess to the tannins that shows a bit of the warm and dry conditions of the year yet balance is expertly maintained as the 2017 leaves licorice and bitter cherry notes to fade slowly. I?m impressed especially considering the extended barrel aging practiced at Biondi Santi. I don?t expect the 2017 to be one of the greatest renditions of the Annata from this estate over the years but it is a highly successful wine for the vintage.
WI 96

The Wine Independent

The 2017 Biondi Santi Brunello has a lightly fragrant oak nose with notes of cream and vanilla and cherry. The weight is beautifully ethereal with a little of that weightless quality that you find in very fine wines. The tannins have a slight grippy dryness but it is not excessive and there is a green sharpness to the cherry flavors that linger on the palate. It has lots of finesse and flow and a fine texture. For this wine the new team from EPI were involved a little with the vineyard but 2018 will be the first vintage they made completely from start to finish. Biondi Santi have not yet released their 2018 Brunello so when it is released it will more accurately reflect their ideas and style but with this 2017 they have already delivered a beauty.

What does Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2017 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, peach, melon

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, asparagus

raisin, fig, prune


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

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