The hallmark of Tuscan wine since 1970, Antinori’s Tignanello sets the pace for other Sangiovese-based Super Tuscan blends. The wine hails from a single parcel on Antinori's gorgeous and ancient Santa Cristina estate deep in the Chianti Classico zone, west of Greve. This wine defines finesse, thanks to the limestone-rich soils here combined with the richness that the Cabernet adds to the overall blend! The Wine Advocate has set the stage to give this wine its highest score ever in all of the years of critical acclaim. When this wine lands later this spring, the prices are sure to go up and supplies will be limited. Wink, wink. You’re gonna want to jump in and secure your allocation today and take advantage of a $10/btl. savings...before it’s all gone.
The 2016 vintage was all about impeccably ripe Sangiovese and it was near absolute perfection at the Antinori estate. With over 85% Sangiovese in the blend (along with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) the crown-jewel of Tuscan-varietals takes center stage. Heaps of black fruits, cherry and cassis on the palate combined with an intoxicating nose of spice, chocolate and liquorice. The Wine Advocate boasts the blend “shows a high caliber of fresh primary fruit that is direct and intense. In the mouth, the wine is focused and sharp”. With such high praise and reduced supply for the vintage, this wine will undoubtedly sell out quickly! Grab a case now and enjoy this “classic vintage of Tignanello” now and for years to come!
There just aren't many on the level of Piero Antinori. Process this for a moment: He represents the 25th generation in an unbroken string of vintners, beginning in 1385. 26 generations! His family started accumulating knowledge about vineyard and cellar practices when Chaucer was working on The Canterbury Tales. It's difficult to comprehend. 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 the globe.
Tasted from barrel, the 2016 Tignanello will be released next year in April. This celebrated red blend is of course mostly Sangiovese with about 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. If 2015 is an ideal vintage for Tuscan blended reds made with the great Bordeaux varieties, the 2016 vintage is better suited to Italian grapes such as Sangiovese. This classic vintage of Tignanello has a leg up, albeit slim, over the previous vintage precisely because the protagonist here is Sangiovese. This wine shows a high caliber of fresh primary fruit that is direct and intense. In the mouth, the wine is focused and sharp. Ultimately, the 2016 Tignanello is slightly more streamlined compared to the more fleshy 2015. This adds to the firm elegance you get here