The famed Tenuta Tignanello estate rests in the heart of Chianti Classico, covering acres of rolling hillsides between two river valleys. Their signature wines, pulled from two prized vineyards sharing a hillside, have been called “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture,” which is saying quite a lot in a land with this much history! This vintage is drinking beautifully right now, with all the black-cherry and blueberry fruit on full display in a full-bodied red with fine-grained tannins. The broad, rich style is a little New World via the Old World and we think you’re going to love it - especially at this price.
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.
This has enticing aromas recalling ripe plum, fragrant blue flower and oak-driven spice. On the smooth, savory palate, supple, fine-grained tannins accompany juicy Marasca cherry, cassis, vanilla and star anise. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2024–2031.