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Marchesi Antinori

Marchesi Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 750ml


About Badia a Passignano

One of the Antinori family of estates, Badia a Passignano sits on just over 550 acres in the heart of Chianti Classico in Sambuca Val di Pesa, a few... miles south of Antinori's Tignanello estate. Badia a Passignano has grown Sangiovese for millennia, and therefore it was a natural decision for the Antinori family to dedicate this winery to the production of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, the crème de la crème of Chianti’s wines. Like a fairytale fortress in the heart of Chianti Classico, Badia a Passignano's stone walls rise out of a thicket of cypress trees, and this former abbey, originally built at some point between 395 and 891, has played home to the Vallombrosian order, an arm of the Benedictine monks, for centuries — in fact, the Vallombrosian monks, who specialize in viniculture and forestry, continue to live on the premises. In 1987, the Antinori family bought the land surrounding the abbey, and the Antinori family uses the abbey’s ancient cellars to age its Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.
Marchesi Antinori

Marchesi Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2020 750ml


About Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso

Piero Antinori, the guiding force behind the Antinori family’s contemporary period and the family’s most game-changing... wines, took his time to release his first Super-Tuscan wine from his Guado al Tasso estate. Piero recognized the great potential of his lands located in the acclaimed Bolgheri Bowl, a natural amphitheater located about 60 miles southwest of Siena, that was drenched with sunlight during the day and cooled at night from sea breezes. Moreover, Guado al Tasso possessed clay-rich alluvial soils with very fine gravel, the distinctive feature that makes Bolgheri wines rich in minerality and lends them their characteristic terroir. While Antinori’s Guado al Tasso had crafted world-famous rosé wines since the 1970s, and although the land’s viticultural history stretches back to the seventeenth century, the estate’s initial premiere red wine, Guado al Tasso, didn’t come on the scene until 1994; however, this blockbuster Super Tuscan made up for lost time and quickly gained global recognition. Growing a selection of Bordeaux-style grape varietals as well as Vermentino, Guado Al Tasso crafts blockbuster reds — including the original flagship Guado al Tasso and the estate’s rising star, the cult Cabernet Franc, Matarocchio.
Elvio Cogno

Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera Vigna Elena Riserva 2016 750ml


About Elvio Cogno

More than 70 years ago, Elvio Cogno had a dream. He would estate-bottle wine from his family’s Novello vineyards and serve them at the family restaurant in... La Morra. By the 1950s, Elvio had left the restaurant business to devote his energies to winegrowing in partnership with La Morra’s Marcarini estate, and Elvio released his first Barolo with the renowned 1961 vintage. By 1990 Elvio had struck out on his own, purchasing 37 acres surrounding an 18th-century farmhouse at the top of Bricco Ravera hill in Barolo’s Novello commune, with 27 acres planted to vine. Today’s Elvio Cogno estate rests in the hands of Nadia and Valter Fissore, Elvio’s daughter and son-in-law, and together they continue to craft wines as Elvio did — growing their vines organically, using only natural yeasts and traditional protocol, and working to create wines that speak of the Langhe’s history and terroir. The Elvio Cogno estate releases very little wine — fewer than 6,000 cases annually — and its Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco, Nascetta, and Dolcetto bottlings are beloved by connoisseurs, critics, and casual Italian wine fans.