Bottle Notes

1998 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 Antinori originally made its reputation by producing Chianti Classico, though these days it is equally known for its Super Tuscans, Guado Al Tasso, Solaia and Tignanello.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.

Ruby red in color. 13.5% ABV. Tremendous nose of red fruits, tar, wet pavement on a warm Summer day and leather. Medium body with ample acidity. Rustic yet charming with enough fruit to keep things interesting. Black cherry, earth, tea and tobacco on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Just a delightful bottle of Tignanello that paired beautifully with take out pasta during the corona virus lockdown. Not the best vintage in Tuscany but well stored bottles will not let you down. Best over the next 1-2 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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