“A thickly textured sweet white, exuding caramel, brown butter, vanilla, orange peel and walnut flavors. Intense and slightly cloying on the finish, yet concentrated. Trebbiano and Malvasia. Drink now through 2030.”-93WS
Badia a Coltibuono, meaning “Abbey of the Good Harvest”, dates back to the mid-11th century when it was run by the Vallombrosan Order of monks until being forced to leave Tuscany in 1810 under the Napoleonic rule. In 1846, the estate was purchased by Guido Giuntini, a Florentine banker and great grandfather of Piero Stucchi-Prinetti. Following WWII, Piero Stucchi Prinetti transformed Badia a Coltibuono into a modern estate producing and selling its best Chianti Classico wines as well as promoting the extra virgin olive oil and creating international branding for the Coltibuono name. In addition, Lorenza dé Medici, his wife, opened the first cooking school to be located in a winery. Today, the estate is run by the fifth generation siblings Emanuela, Roberto and Paolo.
The bottling of Vin Santo is made up of 50% Malvasia, 50% Trebbiano. The fruit is hand-picked and comes from 17-year-old vines of Monti in Chianti grown specifically for the production of the Vin Santo. Bunches are carefully selected and left to dry in well-ventilated rooms. Fermentation with wild yeast and aging takes place in small oak casks. The wine matures 7 years in cask and oak barriques.