Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia A Passignano 2015

Antinori - Badia a Passignano

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Tasting Notes

A traditional style, this red exhibits cherry, plum, leather and tobacco flavors. The wood aging lends dryness to the tannins now, yet there is an essence of ripe fruit midpalate and a lot of energy on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2042.

Score: 93

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2023-2042 15 June 2019

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.

Score: 94

James Suckling, Maturity: 2021+ 02 April 2019

The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is a terrific example of how responsive Sangiovese can be to site. Here, the flavors are darker and richer, while at the same time the wine possesses a level of textural resonance and breadth that distinguishes it from the more linear wines Antinori makes at the Tignanello vineyard. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. This is another stellar wine from Antinori. This is a stellar set of wines from top to bottom. In the 2015s, readers will find everything from an absolutely delicious Villa Antinori all the way to sublime editions of Tignanello and Solaia, and a number of other options in between. In recent years, the winemaking team headed by Renzo Cotarello has shifted towards a style that seeks more energy and vibrancy in the wines than in the past, something that is very much in evidence in tasting through this range.

Score: 94

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2020-2035 01 February 2019

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.

Score: 94

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2019-2030 06 September 2018