The Biondi Santi family is credited with creating what wine lovers now know as Brunello di Montalcino. Beginning in the late 19th century, the winery's founders first focused on a wine from red grapes, then isolated strains of the indigenous Sangiovese variety and developed an aging regimen that resulted in the prototype for modern-day Brunello. More than 100 years later, their wine remains the benchmark for traditional-style Brunello di Montalcino. Wine Spectator's Bruce Sanderson explains.
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