Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione Chianti Classico
Wine Of Origin
ripe, harmonious, rich, supple, expressive
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. Drink now through 2022. 1,100 cases imported.
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. This wine was not made in 2014.
Super-ripe black cherries, plums, lavender, cloves, chocolate and new leather give the 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano much of its racy personality. Flamboyant and overt, the 2012 offers superb density and yet there is just enough freshness to keep things in check. Drinking window: 2018-2028.
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. Drink through 2024.