About This Wine...
Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione is produced exclusively from the finest Sangiovese grapes harvested from its namesake vineyard located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The region has been respected and appreciated for its outstanding wine production since the year 1000. The vineyards grow at an altitude of approximately 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level on soils rich in limestone with a fair amount of clay. The wine is aged in the historic cellars under the Badia (abbey) of Passignano that dates back to the 10th century.
After destemming, the berries were carefully selected and gently crushed. Alcoholic fermentation lasted 10 days and was followed by an additional period of 10-12 days of maceration with the skins. The wine was then racked and transferred to oak barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. Aging took place in Hungarian oak barrels and a small percentage of French oak, for several months. Each of our vineyard blocks was kept separate during the entire process, picking, fermenting and aging to preserve the unique characteristics, flavors and aromas of each vineyard parcel. During barrel aging, each individual lot was regularly tasted and evaluated to achieve the desired level of oak influences and bring out its maximum expression. Once aging was completed, final blends were assembled and the wine was bottled at the Badia a Passignano estate. The wine aged in the bottle for an additional period before being released.
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