2011 Badia Di Morrona Taneto

WINE: "70 % Syrah, 15 % Sangiovese, 15 % Merlot - the grapes are manually harvested. From vineyards 180 meters above sea level, facing East - Soil Composition: sand and limestone, rich in fossils. We call it our 'Mini Tuscan'...aka affordable Super Tuscan. A blend of traditional Sangiovese and international grapes, the high percentage of Syrah giving this wine its strong personality. Aged in French barriques for 12 months. Deep in color, with delicate notes of cinnamon, cocoa and black pepper. Soft and pleasing mouthfeel, velvety tannins. Pair with pasta and grilled meat. Best after 3-4 years." -Importer WINERY: "The Badia di Morrona is located in the Pisan hills (Colline Pisane) between Pisa and Florence and is one of the four badie or monasteries founded by the count of Fucecchio. The monastery dates back to the 11th century when it was run by Benedictine monks. It is a large estate dedicated both to farming and viticulture. The estate represents the perfect marriage between tradition and modern technology in the production of its wines and olive oil. In fact the current owners have recently completed building a new winery. Not only Chianti DOCG vines are grown but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Though the estate is relatively large, all grapes are harvested by hand." -Importer [+]