A mild winter followed by a rainy spring. July and August dry and hot. Initially September was rainy, but the second half was dry as was the harvest period. Picking started on the 21st.
The 1998 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 1998 Riserva was aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years. It benefited from a long refinement in the bottle in the quiet and darkness of “La Storica”, the bottle library at Tenuta Greppo where all the historic vintages of Biondi-Santi Riserva are scrupulously kept.
The Riserva 1998 is both generous and gentle. The elegant bouquet brings forth notes of dried berry fruits, rosemary, forest floor and coffee beans which build in intensity as the wine is allowed to breathe. The long-lingering taste is precise and vibrant, stimulating the palate with a savoury freshness.
Franco Biondi Santi