Nittardi Ad Astra 2014

Deep ruby red, suggestive nose of plums and berries and with a hint of liquorice; a fine wine with a complex bouquet. Super Tuscan Ad Astra indeed takes us to the stars.Excellently suited to all manner of Italian-style cuisine.

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"The name of our second wine from the Maremma region is gleaned from the Latin phrase Per Aspera Ad Astra — “a rough road leads to the stars”. A phrase that is also true for great wines, as greatness requires a great deal of loving work and care in the vineyards. As is the case with its “older brother” Nectar Dei, Ad Astra grows on the sun-drenched hills of our estate Mongibello delle Mandorlaie in Southern Maremma. Ad Astra is an approachable yet simultaneously complex red wine that is also a true pleasure when enjoyed young. The respected Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso awarded in 2012 Ad Astra with the  highest rating possible, the Tre Bicchieri (“Three Glasses”)".

AWARDS

James Suckling: 93 Points

Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%, secret varietals 5% Soil: Mostly sand rich with pebble and clay. Production: Fermentation in 5 and 10.5-ton stainless steel tanks, followed by nine months of ageing in French oak barrique and tonneaux and subsequent bottle ageing.

Nittardi is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, with vineyards in Chianti Classico and the Maremma. The Nittardi Estate, on the boundary between the provinces of Siena and Florence, was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God). In the 16th century, the vast property belonged to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who, in 1549, while painting the Sistine Chapel, wrote to his nephew Lionardo: “I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts.”

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