Italy #1 Wine Guide’s Perennial Favorite
This the third vintage we have offered of what has become our perennial favorite everyday Chianti. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible, concurs, Badia di Morrona Chianti I Sodi del Paretaio has earned multiple “Due Bicchieri” (“Two Glasses”) honors, reserved only for “very good wines" in addition to praise as a “sincere, wonderfully drinkable wine.” The Wine Access clients who have stocked their cellars with past vintages of Gambero Rosso’s “especially good value” Sangiovese with “exceptional breadth on the nose” already know what’s in store. They’ll be the first to claim cases of this gem from the excellent 2015 vintage, especially at $15.99.
The land of Badia di Morrona in the picturesque hills between Florence and Pisa was first worked by 11th century Benedictine monks. Today it is owned by Count Gaslini Alberti, who has invested a fortune in the winery over the past 50 years, outfitting winemaker Corrado Dal Piaz with a refurbished facility, enlarged cellars, and new casks and barrels.
Dal Piaz is notoriously hard on the Badia’s 282 acres of grapes, which soak up the sun on south- and southeastern-exposed slopes strewn with chunks of white limestone. He tightened spacing in the vines, orchestrating a Darwinian competition that leads to tiny berries of high skin-to-juice ratio. The result is Sangiovese of great richness and phenolic complexity.
2015’s long growing season allowed temperamental Sangiovese to reach rare, almost perfectly uniform maturity. The vines stretched deep underground, sucking up the mineral imprint of the poor soil, putting out a dark, crushed-red-fruit Sangiovese, infused with garrigue and bracketed by perfectly ripe tannins. This is truly a luscious wine, to be opened — and bought by the case — without hesitation.