2010 Badia a Coltibuono “Cultus Boni” Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy


We had no choice but to include Cultus Boni in this offering. This is throwback Chianti, reminiscent of great Tuscan wines from the 1960’s and ’70’s, brawnier than either of our other selections, but brainier too. Again, mostly sangiovese, but here the cuvée includes a number of all-but-extinct varieties with names like mammolo, fogliatonda, and pugnitello. Since nobody walking the earth really knows what those grapes taste like, it’s difficult to gauge their effect on the finished wine, but we found it robust and solid, just entering its mature phase, with concentrated dried-fruit character and  pronounced mineral notes. An endlessly fascinating wine to taste and discuss, Cultus Boni is also a certified Slow Wine.

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To claim that the Chianti Classico region is undergoing a renascimento would be deja vu all over again. Tuscany, like every other major Old World wine region, has seen its share of ebb and flow, both commercially and qualitatively. Nevertheless, the wines are enjoying some newfound notoriety, and not just amongst the punditry. Maybe, in our ongoing and insatiable quest for all that is new and different, we just forgot how satisfying these wines can be.

Make no mistake, Badia a Coltibuono is no maverick upstart. The winery is about a thousand years old, and is one of a handful that can lay legitimate claim to the title of Oldest European Winery. Purchased by Guido Giuntini in 1846 and still under the direction of his family, the red wines of Badia a Coltibuono are among the finest made from Tuscan sangiovese, and we are excited to offer them at Kickshaw.


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