Ripe aromas of red cherry, black plum, herbs and minerals. Firm dark berry and red cherry flavors are precise and tightly wound, unfolding slowly at the back to reveal sweeter raspberry and blueberry nuances.
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.
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.”
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.”