The 1888 Biondi-Santi Riserva was the first official Brunello di Montalcino in history and incredibly there’s still a few bottles in their cellar. The wine is only made in exceptional years and is sourced from vines older than 25 years. The increased age of the vines is the key difference between it and the standard Brunello. Post ferment it spent 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels. The last vintage I offered was the 2013, there was no 2014.
2015 vintage is the 41st release. The finished wine is 14.5% alcohol and sealed with cork.
"Contemplative and exceedingly nuanced in personality, with wild berry, underbrush, ferrous earth and candied orange peel, this has everything to look forward to in terms of its future evolution in the bottle. It displays a pretty ruby color that borders on garnet and polished copper. A silky, mid-weight palate is accented by beautifully managed and silky tannins (this aspect of the mouthfeel is extraordinary), bright freshness and long-lasting fruit momentum."
98+ points, Wine Advocate, Monica Larner, Feb 22.
"Complex yet pure, subtle and refined nose that gently evolves, with mossy red cherries, dried roses, chalk, tar and dried orange peel. There is a lift of clove and eucalyptus that makes it so distinctive. A powerful, medium-to full-bodied Brunello, but seamless and bright, with a fine, transparent mid-palate and restrained, mineral austerity. "
97 points, James Suckling, Apr 22.