Uncompromising Chianti Classico at Badia a Coltibuono
Viticulture did survive and improve from the Middle Age to modern times thanks to the Monasteries. In Tuscany a place where you can still breath the Monks’ tradition is Badia a Coltibuono (Abbey of good harvest), that was founded in the XI century. The family Stucchi Prinetti, current owner of the Badia, has improved viticulture and wine production, keeping in mind that ancient tradition.
The winery and its vineyards lie in the territory of Gaiole in Chianti, on the eastern border of Chianti land on very high hills, surrounded by woods. Cooler climate conditions allow for a perfect slow ripeness of the grapes, retaining precious acidity in the fruit, that turns into characterful wines. Sangiovese is the main grape here, but also other ancient local grape varieties are grown and given their role in the wines.
Badia a Coltibuono is an organic winery. The winemaking philosophy is traditional, aimed at a style of purity and elegance. No international varieties are blended with Sangiovese and large barrels are used to age wine before bottling.
I had the chance to taste some recent and past vintages, which I enjoyed a lot.
Chianti Classico 2016
Thanks to a balanced season with cool temperatures at night in summer, the wine is flavorful and juicy with precise tannins.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
The wine is mainly fruity and dry; has full body, well integrated tannins and a prolonged finish. It is suitable of a long aging.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Garnet red with an orange rim. A bit jammy at the nose with plum and black cherry beyond dried flowers and meaty aromas. The taste is still fresh, after more than a decade, and pure with orange flavor and saline finish. It boasts perfectly shaped tannins.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Garnet red colored with ripe fruity aromas, a touch of spices and meat. It has a powerful taste with compact tannins that increase body and enhance the red cherry aroma that deliciously lingers in the finish.
Cultus Boni Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
Bright garnet red. Fresh fruit and balsamic aromas. It’s a full-bodied wine. Firm tannins combine with intense fruity flavors.
Sangioveto Toscana IGT 2013
Ruby red core with a brownish shade. Tobacco and forest floor at the nose, then preserved red cherry. The taste is refreshing and tasteful with extremely silky tannins. It is vibrant and refined with a very sustained finish.