Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2015 (Italy) Rated 94WA

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Wine Advocate Review
Rated 94
The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is a pure expression of Sangiovese. Fruit is sourced from the San Donato area of the appellation that is not an official subzone yet but is increasingly emerging as such. This wine is distinguished by a beautiful level of openness and softness (on the Sangiovese spectrum, which means you also get a bright dose of acidity). That softness or lushness comes in part due to the warm vintage but also thanks to the winemaking approach that relies on larger barrels (from 300 to 500 liters) and Hungarian oak that tends to be more porous and thickly textured for increased passage of oxygen. The wine offers beautiful balance between its dark fruit and savory spice comments. This Chianti Classico Gran Selezione was not produced in 2014. Drink 2019-2030.

James Suckling Review
Rated 94
A 2015 red with opulent dark fruit, such as ripe raspberries and blackcurrants, follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a deliciously fresh finish. Just the right balance of acidity and fruit to give it nerve and brilliance. Drink in 2021.

Wine Tasting Notes
Intensely ruby red in color with purple highlights, this wine shows notes of cherry, strawberry and ripe raspberries as well as spice notes from the oak barrels. On the palate, the wine is soft with supple tannins. Savory and vibrant, the wine has a long and lingering finish. Badia is an exceptional expression of the Sangiovese grape in this part of the Chianti Classico appellation.
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