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Santa Cristina is a popular brand offshoot of Antinori wines, produced in the town of Cortona, in Tuscany, Italy. The wine has been produced in the area (the location of the estate changed in 2006) since 1946. The wines are produced using traditional grapes and styles of red, white and rosé as well as Super Tuscan blends using international grapes. The estate also produces fortified dessert wine, grappa and olive oil.
Soft red wine, not too dry or too tannic. Good for a non-red wine drinker. I would buy and enjoy again.
Very nice wine with plenty of berry on the nose. with a smooth finish. Tastes of berry and vanilla as it goes down. Nice medium bodied wine. Great for pasta or something like herb chicken or pork loin. Paired nicely with the stuffed pasta shells for dinner. If you can get it for under 15.00 its a nice buy.
Nice garnet color. Herbal notes and a little earthiness on the nose. Some tart cherry (just a hint) and raspberry overtones on the palate. Tannins have some grip but do not steal the show. I also pick up herbal notes on the finish, sage and rosemary. Not a long finish but hangs on just long enough for you to appreciate it. Overall well balanced. I've had some good Antinori wines and some great Antinori wines, but I've never tasted a bad Antinori wine. This one is good.
A classic Toscana sangiovese with a twist....the winery has added a dash (10%) of merlot, which gives the wine a slightly heftier body.
The color is fresh and reminiscent of a young Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is sharp and elegant supported by a nice acidity. Then come heavier notes of wood, leather and smoke thicken the whole. On the palate, the attack is straightforward. We find the acidity of the nose. Oak aging is soft and unobtrusive. It has good length and back is very interesting. Maturity: Drink now Reviews of maturity: Request a little time to open after the opening today. One senses the acidity and tannin structure that could make it last several more years.
You have to give Antinori some credit, it's not often you find a mass producer who is still able to produce an above average quality ... but to call it spectacular? no, there are plenty of other wines from all regions, including Tuscany, that offer much more excitement.
External Reviews for 3 Bott. Santa Cristina Delle Maestrelle IGT Antinori
Ruby red in colour; on the nose, intense bouquet of mature fruits; on the palate well structured, harmonious, soft and very pleasing.
Clear and bright ruby red color with purple hues combined with intense fresh fruit aromas with pleasant floral hints. Well structured, soft and harmonious with sweet tannin and lingering fruit in the finish. Aged in American oak barrels. Ideal with first courses served with meat or vegetable sauces, roast beef, white meat and medium-mature cheese.
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese (with a small touch of Cabernet Franc), Solaia’s winning card is texture. The wine is soft, velvety and penetrating in the mouth with succulent flavors of blackberry, creamy cassis berry, chocolate and tobacco. Thick extraction and quality fruit craft a memorable wine that will last many long and happy years in your cellar.
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese (with a small touch of Cabernet Franc), Solaiaandrsquo;s winning card is texture. The wine is soft, velvety and penetrating in the mouth with succulent flavors of blackberry, creamy cassis berry, chocolate and tobacco. Thick extraction and quality fruit craft a memorable wine that will last many long and happy years in your cellar.
Rich aromas of smoke, sage and ripe fruit follow to a full-bodied palate, with big, velvety, chewy tannins and a long, mouth puckering finish. This needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Best after 2005.
Perhaps the greatest Solaia yet made, it rivals the outstanding 1985 the sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored 1997 exhibits a complex nose of cedar, cigar box, cassis, and subtle oak and reveals extraordinary concentration, a thick, viscous texture, yet no sense of heaviness or ponderousness. It is a thrilling Solaia to consume of the next two decades. If a first-growth Pauillac were made in Tuscany, this would be it!
Food Pairings for 3 Bott. Santa Cristina Delle Maestrelle IGT Antinori
<p>Made by one of the biggest wine companies in Italy that had its origins in 1385, this wine stands up to its name as “Super-Tuscan”. It’s an intense ruby red with aromas of red berries and oak. A very well-balanced flavor with cassis, cherry, and a hint of chocolate, which combine for a silky, rich finish.</p>