Nittardi, Ad Astra, Sangiovese Blend, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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This boutique winery Nittardi lies between Castellina and Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in Tuscany. Nittardi was first mentioned as “Nectar Dei“ in 1183. In the 16th century, the winery belonged to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who produced his own wine here. He is known to have sent his wine to the Pope in Rome as a “genuine gift“, which still continues today. The name of Ad Astra 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. Ad Astra which is a Sangiovese blend is an approachable yet simultaneously serious red wine that is also a pleasure when enjoyed young. Fascinating spice and chili character with blackcurrant and cherry fruit on the nose. Medium to full body, soft and round tannins combined with a silky and elegant finish.