An ideal year weather wise. A cold, rainy winter led to a temperate spring with moderate rain. June and July were dry and warm, as was August, which saw 3 well-distanced rainfalls, helping the vines withstand the summer draught. September was warm and dry.
The 1997 Riserva was produced with our proprietary clone of Sangiovese Grosso called BBS11 (Brunello Biondi Santi 11), which was identified and selected by Biondi-Santi at Tenuta Greppo in the Seventies. For this Riserva we exclusively used grapes from the oldest vines with over 25 years of age.
The 1997 Riserva was aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years. It benefited from a long refinement in the bottle in the quiet and darkness of “La Storica”, the bottle library at Tenuta Greppo where all the historic vintages of Biondi-Santi Riserva are scrupulously kept.
Franco Biondi Santi