Badia di Morrona 2000 “Nantia” Toscana

Posted by Keith Wallace

Quick quiz. What do these wines have in common – Solaia, Lupicaia, Cepparello, Olmaia, Feliciai, Summus? Super Tuscans with prices to match. Throw in a few more “aias,” and you have a Cooperstown roster of Italy’s iconic heavy hitters.

You don’t have to save your pennies to find wines that source Tuscany’s “super” triumvirate of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Nadia is a single vineyard entry from the Colline Pisane area that blends equal parts Sangiovese and Cabernet, fleshed out by a 20% helping of Merlot. The grapes are ripe and balanced, harvested later than the estate’s other holdings.

Twenty-eight months spent in barrel and bottle bring out depth, warmth, and lushness. The nose is ripe and layered, with red fruits, herbal spiciness, pepper, and classic Italian earthiness. Cherries, plums, dark berries, and balsamic flavors are uninterrupted by soft tannins, continuing through a lengthy finish.

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