The wine presents itself to the eye with a ruby red color tinged with violet hues. It has an intense aroma, with hints of fresh fruit and pleasant floral notes. Being of good structure, the wine is well-rounded, harmonious, and rich on the palate. The finish is characterized by sweet tannins and a lingering taste of the fruit from which it was born.
Santa Cristina was originally introduced in 1946 as a Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori’s father, Niccolò. However, with the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws - spearheaded by Piero Antinori- 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. Therefore, 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.