2016 Antinori Badia a Passignano Riserva Chianti Classico.
Badia a Passignano is a famous hilltop fortress near Tenuta Tignanello. Marchese Antinori has been producing its top Chianti Classico here for many years. For several years this category has been christened Gran Selezione. Say the best of the best in Chianti Classico. Great wine, just as robust and sturdy as the castle it is named after.
Intense ruby red color. In the scent a lot of young, ripe red fruit such as raspberries, ripe cherries and blackberries, melted with spices and liquorice. The onset of the taste is impressive: beautifully concentrated ripened red fruit makes it mouth filling. Traditional in complexity, roundness and elegance, but also modern in the intense fruit aromas, accessibility and ripe, soft tannins.
Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione is produced exclusively from the finest Sangiovese grapes harvested from its namesake vineyard located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The region has been respected and appreciated for its outstanding wine production since the year 1000. The vineyards grow at an altitude of approximately 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level on soils rich in limestone with a fair amount of clay. The wine is aged in the historic cellars under the Badia (abbey) of Passignano that dates back to the 10th century.
Wine Advocate 94/100 USA
James Suckling 96/100 USA
Galloni 94/100 USA
Wine Spectator 94/100 USA
Country: Italy Toscana IGT
Lagering: Oak barrels
Temperature: 16 – 18 ° C
Ready to drink and store for another 8-14 years after the harvest.
Wine & Food:
Hare and grilled meat are favorites.
Taste: Full and round red