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Piero Antinori, Chianti Classico Riserva "Baddia a Passignano" 1990
Stunning. Vibrant plummy colour and exotic nose of earth, spices, cherries. Medium bodied, tobacco and leather notes, with mouth filling, soft tannins and a long finish which stays very focussed. Very complex and profound. Excellent. (03/96) This has closed down over the last 2 years. A very firm impression now, but over the evening the very fine structure revealed itself displaying briary, old polished wood scents and dark fruits. On the palate it has massive, deep cherry fruit and fine, ripe tannins. A real squirt of lemony acidity highlights the finish and tremendous concentration and length. Stunning wine. I'll cellar my remaining bottles for 3 or 4 years more. (03/98)