The quite warm spring was followed by a dry and sunny summer begin. The month of August had temperatures in line with previous years but with some light showers in the second part. A cool September with some rain in the week right before the harvest, which began on September 10th.
The 2012 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 2012 Riserva was aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years.
The Riserva 2012 sports Francos’ signature freshness proudly, granting a wonderful vibrancy to its monumental, yet refined structure. The bouquet opens like a symphony of soft, fruity notes which grow and expand in a crescendo, adding layers of aromatic herbs, liquorice and balsamic sensations. The taste is elegant and savoury with crunchy tannins and the finish is long, clean and fragrant.
Franco Biondi Santi Only 39 vintages of Brunello Riserva have ever been released from Tenuta Greppo, 24 of which carry the signature of Franco Biondi Santi. 2012 was his last vintage and we are honoured to dedicate this wine to his extraordinary talent with a commemorative label.