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Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

An intense ruby red in color, the wine's aromas are characterized by true varietal character – intense and powerful notes ofcherry and berry fruit. The wine is well balanced, ample and enveloping on the palate with ripe tannins that are velvety andpolished. This gives a suppleness to the wine from the initial sensations to the vibrant and savory finish and aftertaste.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of ripe black-skinned berries, scorched earth, exotic spices, menthol and a whiff of oak are just some of the scents you'll find in this vibrant red. The elegant palate delivers mature Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, orange zest, star anise and a hint of espresso alongside polished, fine-grained tannins.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
This is taut and linear, with a solid base of tannins supporting plum, black cherry, licorice and underbrush flavors. Fresh and focused, with a long aftertaste walking the line between sweet and salty.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
The warm, dry summer of 2012 gave a wine with flavors of chewy black cherry and dried plum limned with dark chocolate and peppery spice. It’s a robust wine for Brunello fans to pour with steak.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Antinori family is intent on carving out a distinct identity for its Badia a Passignano estate. Fruit from this stunning spot was first made into a Chianti Classico Riserva. Since the Gran Selezione category was created, they decided to use this single vineyard for the appellation's highest category wine. The 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is the latest incarnation of this elite category. The wine was produced in 2010 and in 2011, but those two vintages were sold together. This 2012 edition represents a new start. The wine reveals less alcohol compared to 2011 and a more vibrant sense of acidity. It shows more color density as well, with some dark garnet and amber. Although I like this vintage more than the previous release, I feel that more can still be done to fine-tune the results. Badia a Passignano counts 50 hectares of vines, of which 30 hectares have vines aged up to 20 years old planted in deep soils. This site is harvested after Tignanello because cooler conditions make for a longer growing season. Yet, Badia a Passignano results in a more approachable wine with sweet tannins and bright fruit flavors. All the elements for a great Chianti Classico are here, but they are portrayed with more general simplicity.
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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.

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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.

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