Monday, April 13, 2009

WINE - Badia a Coltibuono

Last month I had the privilege to taste seven wines from this illustrious estate. Badia a Coltibuono has a 1000 year history of Tuscan wine production and today a 900+ ha estate comprising of 70 ha of vines and 18 ha of olive oil production. The estate's style is a bridge between the new and classic Chianti wines styles. Forward thinking in viticulture/viniculture but with a 150 year one family, Stucchi Prinetti , devotion to Sangiovese. The Sangiovese grape accounts for more than 80% of the family's estate plantings.

Detailed information on the wines and estate itself are available at: prices are in Canadian dollars and most wines are not available in the BC market at this time.


Cancelli Rosso Toscano IGT 2007 approx $21
Ruby red with aromas of red Cherry and black pepper.
Light-bodied and soft with lush ripe fruit and notes of pepper and earth. Easy drinking red
. 70% Sangiovese and 30% Syrah.

RS Chianti Classico 2006 $23.95
Cherry red colour and aromas of cherry and herbs. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and good acidity and lush red cherry, plum, pepper, and savoury herb flavours. Multi-grower blend with approximately three months inf French Allier oak.

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2006 approx $36
Ruby red with aromas of cherry, tobacco, and violets. Medium-bodied, good concentration and chewy tannins and flavours of cherry, leather, earth. Good complexity. Organic

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 approx. $70
Cherry red with a complex nose of smoke, mineral, cherry, and flowers.
Full-bodied, chewy tannins, complex and layered with spice, vanilla, tea, and leather.
90% Sangiovese, 24 months in French & Austrian oak.

Cultus Boni Chianti Classico 2004 approx. $47
Ruby red with good depth and amazing fresh liquorice aromas with hints of cedar and chocolate. Full-bodied, lush, and round, chewy tannins and flavours of
liquorice, chocolate, cherry, and tea. 80% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot.

Sangioveto 2004 IGT approx. $80
Ruby purple with aromas of violets, spice, red currant aromas. Full-bodied, rich, but with soft tannins and flavours of tobacco, chocolate, violets, and cherry. Not super complex compared to other vintages.
Organic, 100% Sangiovese, 12 months French oak, 25% new.

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2003 375ml $41.99
Amber gold with honeyed nut aromas. Full-bodied and concentrated with sweet barley sugar, dried apricot, and honeyed nut flavours
. 50% Trebbiano, 50% Malvasia, 4 years mixed cask/oak ageing.

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