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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Badia a Passignano is produced exclusively from the highest quality grapes grown on the estate of the same name, situated in the Chianti Classico area. The badia (or "abbey"), is located in an area that has been inhabited since the Etruscan period and is one of the finest fortified abbeys in
the area. It has been renowned for its wine production for more
than 1,000 years.
Intense ruby red color with scents of
red fruit, licorice and ripe blackberries.
The palate is well-balanced and complex
with good acidity and elegant fruit
flavors. The 2006 vintage is a stylish
wine, palate-filling with smooth tannins
and distinctive flavors, with a long,
"The 2006 Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Riserva is a pretty, juicy red laced with cherries, dried flowers, tobacco and underbrush. The tannins dry out a touch on the finish, which is the only thing that keeps the score from going higher. Still, this forward, fruit-driven Chianti should drink nicely over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016.
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby-red. Pure, enticing aromas of sweet ripe raspberry, sour red cherry, licorice and sweet spices. Juicy and suave, with good intensity to the jammy red fruit, underbrush and nutty oak flavors. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and good length."
International Wine Cellar
"Blackberry aromas, with hints of rose and cedar, lead to a medium body, with a lovely density of fruit and some milk chocolate notes. This has a silky texture and a medium finish. Best from 2010 through 2015."
The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...Read More About Tuscany
Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...Read More About Sangiovese
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