Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
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Producer: Marchesi Antinori
Badia a Passignano Riserva is produced exclusively from the finest, most highly selected grapes grown on the estate of the same name situated in the Chianti Classico area. The abbey has been renowned for its wine production for over 1,000 years and the 325 hectares estate was bought by the Antinori family in 1987. The Badia a Passignano estate has served to take Piero Antinoriís experimental work with Tuscan wines to a higher level, in preparation for the 21st century. "The 1970's and '80s, in Tuscany, were characterized primarily by the production of vini da tavola with blends of indigenous and non-indigenous grape varieties, principally due to the lack of careful selection of Sangiovese grapes grown in the '60s," he says. "Fundamentally, we were taking an enological rather than a viticultural approach. Now I want to produce wines that more readily reflect the unique identity, personality and peculiarities of the Tuscan soil, as expressed through the Sangiovese grape. In a sense, Badia a Passignano completes the cycle that began when we circumvented the laws to create Tignanello."
Traditional and unmistakeable Chianti in its complexity, roundness, and elegance, yet modern in its intense fruitiness, accessibility and soft tannins. Deep dark cherry color, with concentrated varietal flavours well almagamated with chocolate and vanilla. High expression on the palate and on the nose. Excellent with roasts, stews and hard, aged cheeses.