This Tuscan red is fresh, simple and aromatic with black fruits, particularly cherry and blackcurrant, plus a tiny hint of vanilla and spices. It has a medium-bodied and smooth palate which, as with many good Tuscan wines, opens and mellows in the glass. It’s ripe, and well-balanced with medium alcohol and acidity, plus soft tannins. A flavoursome wine with a long, cherry-scented finish. It’s lightly oaked which gives a slight vanilla note. This is all about the fruit! Try this with any red sauce, such as ragu. 13.5% ABV.
The Santa Cristina wines were released for the first time in 1946. It’s made by the Antinori family who are hugely influential in Tuscany and have been making wine there for over six centuries. They have many great vineyards across Tuscany, including the famed Tignanello estate in the Chianti area, Guado al Tasso in Bolgheri plus many others, and this juicy red which is made at their winery in Cortona, close to Siena. Today Albiera Antinori is the President with her two sisters both working in the business, alongside their father Marchese Piero Antinori