Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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| 107 ITA l Y MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) G oing back to 1865, the wines produced by Clemente Santi were winning acclaim throughout Italy and most of e urope. This was before the word "Brunello" was emblazoned on their labels, and they were produced from Sangiovese using a regimen of barrel aging that was unheard of throughout the region. As vine diseases and the threat of phylloxera began to hit e urope, the next generation, now with the name Biondi-Santi combined, decided that to survive, they would need to create a wine of longevity and power. With that, a mass replanting through massal selection was carried out, using only the best Sangiovese Grosso vines from their vast vineyards. Furthermore, the wine would be aged and refined in large wooden barrels over an extended period of time before release–and so the first Brunello was born. To this day, the Biondi-Santi estate is heralded for its adherence to tradition, remarkably high standards, and the prestigious terroir which they use to create their selection of Brunello di m ontalcino. ✦ Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2009 W a 93 » $105 "...beautiful...laced with ethereal balsam tones, licorice, cola, dark fruit and forest floor. The acidity is evident but well-integrated within the thick textural richness..." Monica Larner (1559353) Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 WS 95 » $665 "Full of sweet macerated cherry and spice flavors, with concentration and intensity. Balanced, leaving a supple, mouth- coating impression on the finish." Bruce Sanderson (1554209) Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino 2015 W a 91 » $115 "...beautifully endowed with bright fruit flavors of cherry and cassis that lift effortlessly from the bouquet...fresh and snappy crisp in terms of mouthfeel." Monica Larner (1559361) L OOK i NG Ba CK TO TH e Be G i NN i NG Since the very beginning, the families of Biondi and Santi had been trend-setters, risk-takers, and, ultimately, the creators of what we know as Brunello di Montalcino today.

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