About the Wine
Tignanello is the original Super Tuscan. This world-renowned wine was the first Sangiovese to be aged in small oak barrels, the first Italian red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety (Cabernet) in the blend, and among the first Italian red wines made in Chianti appellation with no use of white grapes. The wine is only produced in exceptional vintages and it is considered one of the blue chips in all of Italy.
The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild.
Tignanello, is produced exclusively from a 140-acre vineyard site at Antinori’s Tignanello estate which is planted between 1,150 and 1,312 feet above sea level. Tenuta Tignanello estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico appellation. As you can imagine, given the fact that Tignanello is one of the world’s greatest wines, this estate is placed on an extremely blessed terroir, on soft hills with soils deriving from Pliocene marine marls with limestone and shale.
The two most iconic labels from the from the Antinori family are produced from the Tignanello vineyard, Solaia and this amazing Super Tuscan. This vineyard is planted with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. These two wines are called "among the most influential wines in Italian winemaking history".
Tasting Notes: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Tignanello is an intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, with pleasant notes of red fruit and sweet spice on the nose. The palate is fresh and vibrant with supple and balanced tannins. The harmonious finish and aftertaste are long and persistent.
The Marchesi Antinori 2019 Tignanello was born in a classic growing season that saw some cooling summer rains and relatively stress-free conditions. This is an elegant and extremely polished wine made with mostly Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Here too, the small blending element of Cabernet Franc has been slowly increasing in recent years. The 2019 vintage was born with a good amount of power and tannic structure, and maceration times were slightly reduced as a result. This less extractive approach shapes a polished and elegant wine with plenty of bright berry fruit, cherry, dried mint, blue flower, blood orange and rusty earth. The palate is more compact and streamlined. It shows beautiful grace. After this, the next vintage to watch is the highly anticipated 2021. ~96 Robert Parker.
A supple, elegant red highlighted by bright cherry, black currant, violet, tobacco, iron and oak spice aromas and flavors. Though fluid and seemingly approachable now, this is well-structured and shows the balance to age. Fine length. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 ~96 Wine Spectator, #5 Top 100 Wines of 2022
Extremely perfumed and vivid, with fresh mushrooms, cherry stones and blackberries. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins that are long and complete. Fresh acidity. Tangy and vibrant. Lovely is the word. Drink or hold. ~95 James Suckling.
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. ~92 Wine Enthusiast.
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