Antinori Badia A Passignano Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione DOCG 2011

$77.00

A great Riserva that will reward cellaring.

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This wine is Antinori at their very best. From a stunning vintage this wine offers you Ripe cherry and vanilla, great intensity.Great concentration on the palate with beautiful Sangio tannins. Drink in 10-20 years with goat.

If Italy were to install a royal family, surely the Antinori’s would be the top contenders. Having been in the industry since 1385 and owning some of the best wineries situated in major producing regions they are responsible for some of Italy’s best wines each year. The Tuscan estate brought us the now famous Tignanello and Solaia Super Tuscans, but the other wines they produce are equally engaging.

Sangiovese

Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.

Chianti Classico DOCG

Italy’s most famous wine region. Beautiful lightly wooded rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees. The reds from Chianti Classico received its greatest boost in quality from being awarded the much more stringent DOCG rating.

Gran Selezione

Sitting above the Riserva level. Coming from a single owners collection of vines, no purchased grapes can be used. The minimum alcohol and dry extract the finished wine is higher than Riserva wines. The wine must be aged for 30 months. The minimum proportion of Sangiovese must be 80%.

Central Italy

When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Beyond Tuscany there are the magically places of Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Umbria. Each place has its own history and personality that really deserve a night of their own. Better still, a few nights in situ.

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Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 30 cm
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