Brunello Riserva Greppo top shoulder 1971 Biondi Santi
|Label||Slightly Bin stained|
Winespectator / James Suckling (95)
The fruit has faded to an essence of dried berry, showing more mineral, spice and tar aromas and flavors. Rich and round, still full of energy and very long on the spice- and mineral-infused aftertaste. Mature, but in no rush to be consumed.—Biondi-Santi non-blind retrospective (April 2011). Drink now through 2025.
A shade deeper ruby than the 1975 with a bright, bricky rim. Brooding sweetness on the nose with hints of gingerbread. Layers of complex, waxy fruit and lots of depth here. Was this a warmer vintage than the 1975? The nose is quite full on, but the palate is completely different: clean, linear acidity dominates the attack followed by a fine, tannic grip on the back palate. Very brisk and subdued finish. This is still all about texture. Full of life and far from declining.