"Vinen, der fremstilles på Badia a Passignano, er en Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione. Druesorten er Sangiovese, og kun de bedste druer fra ejendommen anvendes. Klaserne afstilkes, knuses og vinificeres så skånsomt som muligt for at sikre intensitet, elegance og blødhed. Den unge vin lagres i 14 månder i 225 og 300 liters fade af fransk og ungarsk eg, efterfulgt af yderligere 16 måneder på flaske. Vinen fra Badia a Passignano imponerer med sin dybe og intense rubinrøde farve. Duft og smag er et skoleeksempel på en stor Sangiovese fra Chianti Classico. Du finder noter af kirsebær og vilde kirsebær, jordbær og hindbær, i et kompleks samspil med diskrete aromaer fra lagringen egetræsfade. På ganen flyder vinen blødt med appetitlige tanniner, der på en gang føles presente og smidige. En monumental og fantastisk Chianti Classico Riserva, der kombinerer sin klasse og kompleksitet med en fornem koncentration, balance og længde i eftersmagen."
"Autumn of 2009 and the following winter of 2010 were characterized by rain and low temperatures. Snow fell towards the end of 2009 and continued at intervals until mid-March. The weather assured an excellent period of repose for the vines which, together with the abundant precipitations of early spring, significantly delayed bud burst compared to the normal seasonal period. The months of April, May, and June, of crucial importance for vine growth and development, were characterized by high rainfall and lower than average temperatures, leading to a delay in the vine cycle which involved all grape varieties. The summer, warm in temperature and dry in climate, contributed to an excellent development of the grape bunches and a significant recovery of lost time in vine growth. Climatic conditions changed once again towards the end of July and during the first half of August with the arrival of rather low temperatures for the season and light rainfall which, together, slowed the color change of the grapes. September alternated warm, sunny, and breezy days with occasional rain which, fortunately, was regularly followed by north winds which rapidly dried the grapes and adjusted the micro-climate of the vineyards. Cool nights and warm daytime temperatures led to an optimal physiological ripening of the Sangiovese grapes, and picking, which began towards the end of September, was concluded around the 10th of October."
"Dark berry and blueberry aromas with hints of lemon and floral undertones. Full body, silky tannins and a hazelnut, chocolate complexity to the whole thing. Delicious and flavorful yet always remains balanced." James Suckling 93p
"Antinori's 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is laced with red cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and smoke. Layered and impeccably balanced in the glass, the 2010 impresses for its texture and exceptional sense of harmony. In this vintage, the Badia is dark, voluptuous and built on pure resonance. This is a terrific showing from Antinori." Antonio Galloni 93p
"This opens with subtle aromas of dark berry, tobacco and exotic spice. The vibrant palate is more expressive, delivering a core of juicy black cherry accented by notes of raspberry, white pepper, vanilla, licorice and savory herb. This finessed wine is still young, but structured with tightly knit, yet fine-grained tannins (Cellar Selection)." Wine Enthusiast 94p
"Renzo Cotarella is one of a handful of people who believe that the Gran Selezione category should be 100% Sangiovese. The 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is an elegant and seamless mono-variety expression that shows loads of Sangiovese character in this classic vintage. Aged only in large oak casks, the wine sports fresh berry flavors with sweet tannins and a long, velvety finish. I feel that this wine might get buried between the many other products offered by Marchesi Antinori. I hope not because ultimately the Gran Selezione offers very specific, territory-driven qualities that set it apart." Robert Parker 92+p