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6    Wine Club                                                                         Code de Vino #14               Code de Vino #14                                                          Maestro Franco Biondi Santi  7

                                                                                                                                                The following is an interview in honor of the outstanding wine producer
                                                                                                                                                Franco Biondi Santi, known during his lifetime as the patriarch of Italian
                                                                                                                                                winemaking. His name has come to symbolize exceptional quality
                                                                                                                                                in traditional Italian wine. Franco's family were among the first pioneers
                                                                                                                                                to create the amazing Tuscan wine Brunello di Montalcino. The history
                                                                                                                                                of the Biondi Santi winemaking family, the philosophy, and bouquets
                                                                                                                                                of traditional Italian wines — this interview between Oleg Cherne,
                                                                                                                                                Editor-in-Chief of Code de Vino, and Franco Biondi Santi covers it all.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is an outstanding Italian
                                                                                                                                                                                  wine from the south of Tuscany. The wine is produced
                                                                                                                                                                                  in small quantities using Brunello grapes local variety
                                                                                                                                                                                  of Sangiovese. Brunello berries are larger than your
                                                                                                                                                                                  regular Sangiovese, but their clusters are smaller,
                                                                                                                                                                                  and the vines bear less fruit. This helps the grapes
                                                                                                                                                                                  ripen better and makes the wine richer and more
                                                                                                                                                                                  tannic. In turn, this allows it to mature more organically
              Maestro Franco                                                                                                                                                      maturing Brunello di Montalcino in barrels for no less
                                                                                                                                                                                  and store better. Traditional procedure prescribes
                                                                                                                                                                                  than two years, then four more years in bottles before
                                                                                                                                                                                  it can be purchased.
              Biondi Santi                                                                                                                                                        Only wine from Montalcino can bear the name
                                                                                                                                                                                  Brunello. The terroir of this area is very diverse,
                                                                                                                                                                                  its numerous hills dividing the land into different areas
                                                                                                                                                                                  with their own microclimates. The lower part is hot and
                                                                                                                                                                                  dry, and the upper (northern) part is colder with more
                                                                                                                                                                                  rain. This affects the quality of the local wines, giving
               Interview by Oleg Cherne                                                                                                                                           them a denser structure. Both the north and the south
                                                                                                                                                                                  produce amazing wines, but they are very different.
                                                                                                                                                           Brunello Grapes
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