Antinori Tenuta Tignanello "Marchese Antinori" Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 93] [DM 90]

Antinori Tenuta Tignanello "Marchese Antinori" Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 93] [DM 90]


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WS93 DM90
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Notes from the Winemaker:

The Marchese Antinori Riserva is produced exclusively in better vintages and solely from the finest grapes of the family’s Tignanello vineyards.

Tasting notes:
A brilliant ruby red with purple highlights, the wine shows aromas of violets and cherries along with marked and well amalgamated smoky notes of tobacco and sweet oak. On the palate the wine is ample, enveloping with an important vein of vibrant acidity typical of its territory and an important support on the flow. The tannins add length and persistence and a supple texture as well.

Vinification:
The climate of the growing season forced a careful selection of the grapes both during picking and in the cellars as well. The crop was delicately destemmed and the berries rigorously chosen to preserve the typical varietal character of both the Sangiovese and the Cabernet. The must was fermented with gentle techniques to insure an extraction which was intense, but capable of safeguarding elegance and suppleness as well. The musts themselves were rich in color and endowed with an important structure. Fermentation lasted a week, and the wine then remained on its skins for an additional 9-10 days. After being run off its skins, the wine went immediately into oak barrels, principally French, where it went through a spontaneous malolactic fermentation by the end of the year. The various lots of wine, once racked, were then aged for a year in French and Hungarian oak barrels. The lots were regularly tasted and analyzed during aging to maximize the final quality level, blended and the wine aged for an additional year in bottle.

Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet

Ratings & Reviews


93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"
Tantalizing aromas and flavors of black cherry and black currant
are shaded by toasty, spicy oak in this harmonious yet well-structured red. This is fluid, packed with mouthcoating tannins, energetic and long. Best from 2020 through 2036." -BS (Aug 2018)

90 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"As of the 2011 vintage, the grapes for this wine come exclusively from Antinori's Tignanello vineyard in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Similar to its big brother, Sangiovese is rounded out with Cabernet Sauvignon (plus Merlot) and ageing is in a combination of small French and Hungarian oak barrels. It's on the dark end of the fruit spectrum, revealing brambly blackberry flavours, though polished leather, tobacco and wood spice add dimension. While it is overall polished, the tannins have a stern edge."