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 2017 is dense, exotic and flamboyant with cherries, blood orange, wild-flowers and sweet spice. This is a screamingly good Tuscan wine that optimizes the pinnacle of Sangiovese
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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.
The 2017 Tignanello is dense, exotic and flamboyant. Red berry fruit, cherries in liqueur, blood orange, wild flowers and sweet spice are front and center in this sumptuous, racy Tignanello that is likely to drink beautifully right out of the gate. The Antinori team has done a terrific job with the 2017, a year in which heat and dry weather took with them 30% of the production.