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Expert Picks: Giacosa and Biondi-Santi

Posted on | April 1, 2015 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014Does Italian wine get any better than my two selections for today, Barbaresco from Bruno Giacosa and Brunello from Biondi-Santi? It might depend on whom you ask, but both Giacosa and Biondi are at the top of their games in 1998 and 1995 respectively. Not only were these great vintages from these legendary winemakers, but these bottles are about as classic as Italian wines can get, and now that these bottles have the necessary maturity, you will get to experience these wines in all their glory—while they last!

Bruno Giacosa 1998 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva $349.00
Giacosa only puts out his Red Label bottlings in the best of vintages, and this is one winemaker who prefers warmer vintages like 1998. This is benchmark Barbaresco at its finest. Loaded with sweet cherries, licorice, flowers, and tobacco, this wine shows complexities for days. It’s a wine that you don’t even have to drink to enjoy; simply looking at its light ruby color and giving the occasional swirl to coax out the aromas is enough, seriously. Of course, you’re going to want to drink it, and you’ll be amazed when you do.

Biondi-Santi Il Greppo 1995 Brunello di Montalcino $225.00

This ‘95 is finally ready to drink after twenty years! If you have 1995 Riservas, still hold onto those and drink these ‘95 Biondi-Santi normale bottlingss because they are right on point. People generally have bad experiences with Biondi-Santi Brunello because they drank the wine too early when they are too austere. If you are one of those people, here is your chance to have a Biondi-Santi Brunello from a great vintage that is drinking in its prime right now. Our allocations are very limited, so get them while you can.

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