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Antinori is a name synonymous with wine in Italy, the equivalent of the royal family of wine in the country. Intimately involved in the wine industry of Italy since 1385, initially in Tuscany, but in more recent years their influence has grown seeing them involved in wine-making projects across the country. They were instrumental in the renaissance of Chianti and their portfolio of wines includes some stellar names such as Tignanello - the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc blend that was most influential in the Super Tuscan movement, Solaia - the Cabernet dominant blend also from the Tignanello Estate and the beautiful Peppoli Chianti Classico.

An intense ruby red with purple highlights, the wine shows a nose with the excellent character of a Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, one with notes of cherries and wild cherries, strawberries and raspberries which mix and mingle with the typical aromas of the oak barrels. On the palate the wine flows softly and pleasurably with tannins which are both felt and supple. Savoury and vibrant, the wine is long and lingering on the finish and aftertaste.

The 2011 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is laced with violets, lavender, menthol, plums, sage, black cherries and dark spice. Translucent in the glass, yet also quite deep, the 2011 exudes considerable depth and resonance, all signatures of this clay-rich terroir. Still, considering the warm, early-ripening year, the 2011 remains fresh, vibrant and pulsating in style, largely because the clay soils are also moisture-retaining. Date Tasted: Sep 2015; Drink: 2017-2031; Rating: 93 Points; Antonio Galloni; Vinous




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