Santa Cristina was originally introduced in 1946 as a Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori's father, Niccolò. However, with the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws - spearheaded by Piero Antinori - requiring lower vineyard yields, Chianti Classico grapes became so complex and rich that they required more aging than this fruity fresh wine should have to maintain its style and character.
Therefore, with the 1987 vintage, Santa Cristina moved away from the Chianti Classico designation, and with the 1994 vintage Antinori began including 10% Merlot to the blend to add soft, open fruit nuances to the wine.
Santa Cristina is ruby red in color with purple hues. Intense fresh fruit aromas with pleasant floral hints. Well-structured, soft and harmonious. Sweet tannin and lingering fruit in the finish.
Santa Christina is a favorite of ours with pasta dished (red sauce). And we've drunk quite a lot of it. Lately, though, we have been getting bottles with great clumps of sediment. Not only from the wine shop, but also at one of our favorite restaurants. Not sure what's going on. It never happened before. Not sure I will buy any more. A shame because I/we really like it.
but in all fairness this wine was very good. fruity, earthy and in balance.
i liked it but was a little disappointed when i found it down the street at bevmo for 6.00 a bottle