Bottle Notes

2003 Antinori Tignanello – Bottle Notes

The Antinori family has been in the wine producing business for 26 generations and it now one of the most successful and respected producers in Italy. The Estate is led by Marchese Piero Antinori, who is well regarded for his passionate attention to tradition and terroir as well as his interest in innovation and new ideas. Antinori originally made its reputation by producing Chianti Classico, though these days it is equally known for its Super Tuscans, Guado Al Tasso, Solaia and Tignanello. Antinori owns about 4,000 acres of vineyards and produces between 40,000 and 50,000 cases of its three Super Tuscans annually.

Given the vintage I did not decant this wine. Ruby red in color. 13.5% ABV. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Gorgeous nose of dried red fruits, leather, tar and flowers. Medium body with medium acidity. Refined and elegant. Cherries, anise, tobacco and graphite on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and silky. Tremendous wine from a challenging vintage. Not the best Tignanello but so much to like here. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages of Tignanello are readily available at retail for $125 or so. This is a world class wine that is fairly priced. It is also a wine that I look to buy year in and year out.

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