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Monday, June 4, 2012

Champagne Wishes: 2010 Santa Cristina Rosso Toscana Highly Recommended by Whom You Know! The Modern Classic is a Winner!

Red fruit flavors permeate this well-developed, easy drinking wine. The harvest for the Rosso takes over a month, with the maturation of the Merlot and Sangiovese grapes peaking in mid-October. In 1946, this wine was first a Chianti Classico, but in 1987, the Antinori family began developing the Rosso. By 1994, a 10% of merlot added to the blend produced the wine we can savor today as the Rosso 2010. Trace this family and their wines back through 26 generations. Each new wine adds to their stable, but stays true to the family based connection to the land. It's history in a glass!` The Rosso 2010 Santa Cristina is partly aged in oak, which, to my palate, rounds out the mystery in the flavor. It's a ruby red, with a fashionable tinge of purple. The red cherry will be the first hint of it's inviting fruitiness, but won't be too sweet on the palate. It's a well-balanced red wine, with a lingering note of it's ripe blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Serve it often. 
I forgot how much I loved this wine. The last time I had this wine, I meant to make a note in my wine journal so I wouldn't forget, but for some reason, I didn't. I will not forget this time! The Santa Cristina Rosso is the perfect blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauugnon, Merlot and Syrah. The first thing I do before taking any sips of wine is take in its aroma. This beautiful red wine opens with the aroma of cherries and raspberries. When drinking, I notice balanced flavors of all my favorite ripe red fruits. With cookout season now in full swing, I of course was enjoying the Santa Cristina Rosso while grilling out. It was the perfect companion to the steak I had. Some other friends of mine loved it as well. This is definitely the right wine to kick off your summer celebrations. I know what I'll be enjoying more of this summer. I highly recommend it! 
I love my red wine. Santa Cristina's 2010 Rosso is now one of my favorites! It is a Tuscan blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It gives the wine a bolder, more intense fruit flavor that is absolutely delicious! Santa Cristina just recently launched this wine in the United States. This wine is taking the place of their "Sangiovese" wine. The company decided to revolutionize their classic wines with a wine that was new and exciting, but also balanced with tradition. I appreciate a company willing to try new, innovative ideas and with their wine and it certainly is paying off! The quality and flavor of this wine is wonderful! It has a vibrant cherry and raspberry flavor and aroma. This wine is so smooth and easy to drink too! I can't wait to have another glass of it with my dinner tonight! 
I recently had the pleasure of trying Santa Cristina's Rosso 2010, and it was love at first sniff. And deeper love at first sip. By the time I finished the bottle, I was ready to elope! Well, not quite - but, in all seriousness, this Tuscan blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, was was of the smoothest, most flavorful red wines I've had in quite some time. The deep ruby red hue is marked by violet undertones, and the nose is bursting with ripe raspberry and cherry notes. On the palate, the fruit flavors shine, and are balanced by soft tannins and a gentle oakiness (the wine is aged partly in oak, and partly in stainless steel). There is also the slightest hint of tobacco, leather, and spice, giving it a nice complexity. The finish is long and smooth, with the rich berry flavors lingering. It is an incredibly well-balanced blend - flavorful, yet soft; rich, yet smooth. I paired the wine with aged Parmigiano cheese, but can see it pairing equally well with a bolognese sauce or a grilled steak. It is very easy-drinking, and would be a great wine for social events, as it would be a surefire crowd-pleaser! As for myself, I plan on keeping some on hand for those days when nothing will do but a nice, big, comforting glass of red wine will do - which, as we all know, come about quite frequently in NYC! Kudos to the Santa Cristina team on a job extremely well done! 
Santa Cristina 2010 Rosso is delicious to the last drop! I love opening this bottle and smelling the amazing aroma. You can smell the fruity flavors of cherry and raspberry. It has an amazingly beautiful color of deep red. I love the way the light hits the glass and makes the bottle shimmer. The amazing taste on the palate takes you to heaven and back. The ripe red notes linger in your mouth. It really is a party on the tongue. I personally like to chill my red wines just a bit. I feel like it gives this Rosso a bold taste. It is a fabulous wine to serve for a special occasion or just for the hell of it. I personally recommend to crack this bottle open with a good steak. It really enhances the taste of the meat. 


Italy’s Santa Cristina Introduces Two New Wines in U.S.

In 1946, Niccolò Antinori introduced the first Santa Cristina wine. Made in Tuscany for over 65 years, Santa Cristina has become a benchmark Italian wine, thanks to continuous quality and innovation efforts at the winery and in the estate vineyards. 

Santa Cristina is currently introducing two new wines to the U.S. market – the Santa Cristina 2011 Bianco and the 2010 Santa Cristina Rosso (which is taking the place of the Santa Cristina Sangiovese). These releases build on its 2011 efforts to bring a classic new look and more modern wine style to the market.

These new Santa Cristina wines reflect a contemporary evolution of the classics, carefully balancing tradition and innovation. Combining Italian soul with modern vitality and flavor, these wines are extremely versatile and perfect for everyday enjoyment.

· 2011 Santa Cristina Bianco Umbria IGT - $11.99

· 2010 Santa Cristina Rosso Toscana IGT - $11.99

The Santa Cristina website,, offers consumers authentic recipes and ideas for entertaining. More information on the wines can be found here.

Additional Background:

Santa Cristina was originally introduced in 1946 as a Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori’s father, Niccolo. With the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws requiring lower vineyard yields, Chianti Classico grapes became so complex and rich that they required more aging than this fruity fresh wine should have to maintain its style and character. With the 1987 vintage, Santa Cristina moved away from the Chianti Classico designation and with the 1994 vintage, Antinori began including 10% Merlot to the blend to add soft, open fruit nuances to the wine.

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