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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Michele Shah

Jacopo Biondi-Santi, owner of Il Greppo, one of the oldest Brunello estates in Montalcino, will not be producing 2002 Il Greppo Brunello. According to Biondi-Santi, the bad weather, which persisted throughout the summer, hampered the ripening of the grapes. It was not an easy decision,' said Biondi-Santi. We normally make about 75,000 bottles of Il Greppo Brunello and Riserva. The decision not to make Brunello this year equates to a e6 million loss, which we will only partly recoup by making e1.5 million worth of Rosso di Montalcino.' Biondi-Santi said the northeast- and southeast-facing vines of Il Greppo did not reach the degree of ripeness necessary for making a quality Brunello for ageing. Its second estate, Poggio Salvi, with vines exposed to the west of Montalcino, will go ahead with an average production of 70,000 Brunellos. Poggio Salvi Brunello, which is lower in acidity and tannin, needs less ageing.