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Franco Biondi Santi, Legendary Figure of Brunello di Montalcino, Dead at 91

April 8, 2013

Franco Biondi Santi, the patriarch of the Tuscan estate many credit with creating Brunello di Montalcino, died April 7 at age 91, Wine Spectator reports. From his family’s property, Il Greppo, not far from the town of Montalcino, Biondi Santi was a fierce champion of traditional Brunello, made from 100 percent Sangiovese and aged for five years before release. He believed the wines should live for decades, and they often did. He had firm convictions and stuck to them, even when it provoked conflict in his own family. For the full story, click here.

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