Babo Sangiovese 2016

This year's release--from a successively fine Tuscan vintage--is entirely sourced from the northern realms of Chianti Classico, near the commune of San Casciano in Val di Pesa. The vineyard is about 18 years of age, planted to Brunello clones of Sangiovese, with a small amount of the new clones released in the early 2000s. The vineyard faces south, and while it is located in Chianti Classic...



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Varietal
Sangiovese
Brand Name
Babo
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
ITALY
Region
Tuscany

Product Description

This year's release--from a successively fine Tuscan vintage--is entirely sourced from the northern realms of Chianti Classico, near the commune of San Casciano in Val di Pesa. The vineyard is about 18 years of age, planted to Brunello clones of Sangiovese, with a small amount of the new clones released in the early 2000s. The vineyard faces south, and while it is located in Chianti Classico it is classified as IGT. Fruit is de-stemmed (no crushing), and spends 25 days on skins to build texture. Pressed to 500-litre puncheons, with roughly 10% new French oak, plus amphorae (10%) for 14 months.

As seems to be the norm for the 2016 vintage this sangiovese has a strong deep colour. The nose is quite deep and concentrated also with morello cherry and blistered cherry but pleasantly also notes of fennel and lavender. Certainly a more aromatic vintage. Palate shows that northern chianti classico breadth and width with latent fruit power. Darker cherries, truffled notes and savoury detail build around the tannin/acid matrix. Fashionably late tannins leave no doubt that this a wonderful Tuscan vintage. Very similar to the much lauded 2006.- Winemaker notes

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