Dressed in the inimitable style of a successful Italian man (go ahead, you try pulling off salmon-colored pants), Antinori exudes intelligence and has a quiet confidence and demeanor that is no less than regal. And his lifetime experience cannot be overstated as he has literally been involved with wine his entire life. In fact, one of his first memories is of German soldiers shooting barrels in his family’s cellars as Europe descended into chaos at the end of WWII. He has a truly encyclopedic knowledge of what it means to be a winemaker, and he understands that he is a vital link from his family’s past to its future as the Antinori footprint expands across Italy.
Piero has passed the day-to-day operations of his many projects on to his three daughters and Enzo Cotarella, his winemaking associate for more then 25 years. However, he still participates in the overall blending and direction of the winemaking style, emphasizing a New World approach to technology and marketing in the context of valuable traditions. His motto is 'passion, patience, perseverance and product,' a synopsis of what he has learned over the years. When asked if his 12-year old grandson might one day be in his position, he lightheartedly responds, 'We give him subtle hints through splashes of wine at the table.' Whoever steps into Piero’s shadow has one substantial legacy to follow.
Current Offerings From Antinori:
2009 Villa Antinori Toscana IGTWhoa! This is a lot of wine for the price, and the critics agreed with a couple of 90-point scores. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate notes, "The 2009 Villa Antinori is a pretty, mid-weight wine laced with dark red berries, flowers and sweet spices....
2009 Antinori 'Tignanello' ToscanaOne of the original super-Tuscans is still setting the pace. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate reviews, "The 2009 Tignanello is quite beautiful. Cedar, graphite, sweet herbs, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of highly expressive red fruits....
2007 Marchese Antinori Chianti ClassicoAntinori hit the nail on the head with their classically styled '07 Chianti, aptly described by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate as exuding "tobacco, sweet herbs, licorice...
2011 Antinori 'Bramito' Chardonnay UmbriaPop the cork and sip on this while you let the big reds decant for a few hours. Ripe melon, vanilla and toasted oak give this tasty number great structure and depth with an undeniably sophisticated spirit. Chardonnay with an Italian attitude…yes please!
2011 Antinori Vermentino BolgheriIt's a shame that with the success of Tuscan reds, the few white wines produced there often get overlooked. It'll be our little secret! Melon, lemon and green apple flavors with succulent minerality...
2010 Antinori 'Il Bruciato' BolgheriThe Marchesi's "Guado al Tasso" has been garnishing some big boy scores and here is an opportunity to taste the sauce without handing over a C-note in the process. Parker's Wine Advocate writes, "The 2010 Bolgheri Il Bruciato bursts from the glass with sweet red cherries, flowers, spices, cinnamon, mint and violets,...
2010 Antinori 'Cervaro' Chardonnay UmbriaAntinori is one of the legendary names of Italy, and Cervaro is their flagship "bianco."Wine Enthusiast notes, "A blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto, this is smooth, creamy, complex and long lasting. It offers a beautiful bouquet of vanilla,...
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