2016 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico [WA90]
Producer: Badia a Coltibuono
Region: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo
Wine Advocate, 90 Points
The Coltibuono estate, a high elevation family-owned farm in Chianti’s southern Gaiole commune, is one of the most traditional and revered in Tuscany. Commercial wine production dates back to 1950, though viticulture has been practiced here for several centuries. Only indigenous varietals grow in the vineyard (no Syrah or Merlot), which is just one component of a symbiotic ecosystem comprised of protected woodlands, beneficial cover crops and livestock.
The key features of this historic terroir are the prized albarese clay and limestone soils, ideally suited to the noble Sangiovese grape, along with elevations that reach well above 2,000 ft in the vineyard. The result is an elegant, high-acid wine with high-toned floral aromatics and briary flavors of sour cherries and small wild red berries. Spice notes of cinnamon and clove are common in this blend, as well as herbal notes of mint, tomato leaf, and wild rosemary.
No new oak is used in the aging of this “normale” bottling. The firm tannin structure and bright acidity makes it an ideal match with rustic dishes like herb-crusted lamb or tomato-based pasta dishes. The 2016 vintage is an outstanding effort with a decade’s worth of cellaring potential; truly the epitome of superb value. - Jordan Wardlaw, Import Wine Specialist
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