Santa Cristina was originally introduced in 1946 as a Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori's father. However, with the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws, requiring lower vineyard yields, Chianti Classico grapes became so complex & rich that they required more aging than this fruity fresh wine should have to maintain its style and character. Therefore, with the 1987 vintage Santa Cristina moved away from the Chianti Classico designation & with the 1994 vintage Antinori began including 10% Merlot to the blend to add a softness to the wine.
The wine is ruby red in colour with purple highlights and its aromas are ample and intense with notes of red fruit, particularly cherries and raspberries. The flavours are soft and balanced, the finish characterised by suppleness of tannins and persistence of fruit, both of which contribute to its pleasurable, easy drinking personality & it's now sealed with a screwcap for maximum freshness & quality.
Notes from the winery.