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 Antinori originally made its reputation by producing Chianti Classico, though these days it is equally known for its Super Tuscans, Guado Al Tasso, Solaia and Tignanello.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.
Dark red in color. 13.5% ABV. Mostly Sangioviese with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Stunning nose of red fruits, leather, wet asphalt and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Powerful, concentrated and rather silky. Black cherry, tobacco, licorice and earth on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Young, fresh, vibrant and aging brilliantly. I’ll open my last bottle at 25 years from vintage in 2029.
My rating: 95 points.
Current vintages of Tignanello are readily available at retail for $135 or so. Look for the 2019. 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.