James Suckling
Wine Enthusiast
Photos are for display purposes only and may have an out-of-date vintage, bottle shape or label.

Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011 - 3 Litre Bottle

Product description
The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.

An intense ruby red in color, the wine shows aromas both of fruit and the typical sensations of oak, which fuse harmonically and offer as well balsamic and graphite notes on the nose. The palate is rich, with supple and balanced tannins along with the vibrant freshness typical of Sangiovese. The finish and aftertaste are of notable persistence and repeat the notes of berry fruit first felt on the nose.

94 Points - James Suckling

Aromas of violets, blueberries and hints of minerals. Walnut shell, too. Full body, chewy tannins and a savory finish. Brilliant and structured. Big wine.

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Juicy and polished, this opens with aromas that recall ripe plum, dark berry, mocha, Asian spice and a hint of menthol. The full-bodied palate doles out ripe black cherry, chopped mint, anise and a hint of tobacco alongside velvety tannins that lend finesse and structure.