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2009 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva

ITEM 8101794 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Amount Total
$35
Item Sold Amount Date
I8106784 1 $35 Feb 6, 2022
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RATINGS

92Wine Enthusiast

...fragrance of blue flower, red berry, spice and tilled soil. The juicy palate delivers fleshy wild cherry and ripe raspberry accented with notes of black pepper and clove alongside brooding tannins.

91Vinous / IWC

Aromas of blueberry, licorice and violet. Supple and sweet but serious, with a slightly medicinal cast to the bright flavors of dark red berries, tobacco leaf and minerals. This very graceful wine shows sneaky concentration and finishes with supple tannins and very good length.

90The Wine Advocate

Bright and tonic aromas of forest fruit and wild spice open the bouquet. Fresh acidity is followed by a thin, but silky mouthfeel.

90James Suckling

A balanced and subtle red with delicate fruit and light vanilla character. Medium body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Wonderful balance here.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Real impact and classic piercing acidity. Long. Absolutely classic Chianti. Great persistence.

PRODUCER

Badia a Coltibuono

Badia a Coltibuono is the Chianti region of Tuscany. It was an abbey during the Middle Ages and by 1051 monks were planting vineyards. The name of the winery translates to “abbey of the good harvest.” In the 19th century it was sold to a Florentine banker, Guido Giuntini, whose family, now with name Stucchi-Prinetti, still owns and operates the large estate. The nearly 200 acres of vineyards are primarily Sangiovese, though the estate also makes some blends and a white wine. It produces about 350,000 bottles annually.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico

Chianti is Tuscany’s most famous and historic wine district, and the Chianti Classico DOCG is the most prestigious Chianti appellation. Fittingly, it is located in the heart of the larger Chianti DOCG. Chianti’s wines were so esteemed during the Renaissance that the Medici princes of Florence designated several villages within the Chianti region as discrete production zones, setting up the first appellations in Italy. By the 20th century Chianti was Italy’s primary wine export. But the pizza parlor Chiantis sent to foreign markets were inexpensive, unremarkable reds presented in round-bottomed, straw-covered bottles. To upgrade Chianti wines and the region’s image, the Chianti Classico DOC was created in 1967, then upgraded to DOCG status in 1984, with additional modifications made in 1996. In the last 20 years a consortium of Chianti Classico producers have researched new Sangiovese clones, replanted vineyards, updated cellar practices and generally made Chianti Classico DOCG a world-class appellation. Chianti Classico must contain a minimum of 75% Sangiovese. In the 2014 edition of its annual compendium of wine ratings, Gambero Rosso noted that Chianti Classico DOCG wines were noteworthy for their “significant return to a more defined style, true to tradition.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Sangiovese, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is largely grown in central Italy. As the sole component or in a blend, it gives us Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino and Super Tuscans, among other favorites wines. The name is derived from the Latin for “blood of Jove.”