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2013 Antinori Badia A Passignano Chianti Gran Selezione

2013 Antinori Badia A Passignano Chianti Gran Selezione

'Close-grained, creamy and spicy, with finely defined red fruits and a citrussy, almost cologne-like sheen. Dense and arresting palate: a bolt from the black. Thundercrack-like intensity and intrinsic drama.'
95 Points - Decanter Magazine, January 2018

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$359.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Tuscany
2013
750ml
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$359.94
Tuscany
2013
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione is produced exclusively from a selection of the finest grapes cultivated in the property of the same name located in the Chianti Classico production zone.

    The Badia di Passignano, around which the vineyards are situated, is one of the finest fortified abbeys of this area and has been famous for its wines ever since the year 1000 A.D. The Antinori family purchased the acreage around the Badia (which belongs to the Valombrosian monastic order) in 1987, and has, ever since, used the splendid cellars of the monastery for the production of the wine.

  • After an autumn and winter characterized by mild temperatures and frequent rains, spring began with similar climatic conditions, leading to a slight delay in the bud break of the vines and of the successive phases of flowering and bud set. The months of May and June were a bit cool compared to historic seasonal averages, while July and August were warm and dry, without however touching excessive peaks of heat. Temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness assisted the Sangiovese grapes in achieving excellent ripeness.

    The picking of the crop, slightly later than in previous vintages, was carried out entirely by hand, separating both in the vineyard and in the cellar the various vineyard plots in order to fully maintain the special characteristics and nuances of each and every Sangiovese parcel. After the destemming of the bunches, the grapes were carefully selected and then given a soft pressing, The fermentation lasted ten days, and the must then remained in contact with the skins for a further ten to twelve day period.

    After being run off its skins, the wine went immediately into oak barrels, where by the end of the year it underwent a complete and spontaneous malolactic fermentation. After being racked, the wine went into 60 gallons Hungarian oak barrels, where it aged for approximately twelve months. During this lengthy phase, the various lots were constantly controlled and tasted to fully bring out their potential of evolution and then blended together at the end of the aging period. The wine was bottled at the estate and given a period of bottle aging before commercial release.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    An intense ruby red in color, the wine shows aromas of ripe fruit, at times of maximum ripeness, but with a total respect for the grape variety and an excellently maintained freshness. The notes of the fruit and of the oak fuse in harmonious balance with minty balsamic notes and suggestions of graphite. The rich palate, with supple and balanced tannins, is vibrant and fully expressive of Sangiovese. The length, persistence, and aftertaste are of notable importance and echo the fruit first felt on the nose.

  • 95 POINTS

    DECANTER


    Marchesi Antinori was founded by Giovanni di Piero Antinori in 1385. Today the company manages eight different estates in Tuscany, Orvieto and Franciacorta. The Badia a Passignano estate was bought by the Antinori family in 1987 and consists of 56ha of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines. Andrea Briccarello: Dark and intense red forest fruit aromas. In the mouth the wine is very attractive with plenty of fresh vibrant fruits and a subtle layer of spices. Great tannins and spicy undertones. Susan Hulme MW: Dusty cherries on the nose lead to a smooth, medium-bodied palate with a lingering savoury finish. May show more definition and focus with time, but already a beautifully balanced wine. Andrew Jefford: Close-grained, creamy and spicy, with finely defined red fruits and a citrussy, almost cologne-like sheen. Dense and arresting palate: a bolt from the black. Thundercrack-like intensity and intrinsic drama.'