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Biondi-Santi to skip 2014 vintage

One of Brunello di Montalcino’s most prestigious producers, Biondi-Santi, has announced it will not be producing a Brunello from the 2014 vintage.

biondi-santiBlaming a poor harvest, the Biondi Santi family has said the estate will only bottle a Rosso di Montalcino.

Although last year’s harvest brought what appear to be good results across most of the world, Italy struggled through a wet summer, battling the subsequent diseases. Tuscany was one of the most severely affected regions.

Speaking to Italian news outlet AGI, Jacopo Biondi Santi said: “It’s a question of seriousness…when the vintage goes badly; we in Brunello do not make it.

“And, therefore, all of the grapes we had selected to produce Brunello di Montalcino will instead be used for a Rosso di Montalcino.”

Biondi-Santi is the first producer from the region to publically announce its intention to skip the 2014 vintage, though others are expected to follow suit.

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