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2017 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy


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2017 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy

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OVERVIEW

One of Italy's most iconic wines, Tignanello is made by the Antinori family in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The family has been making wines for over 600 years. The tradition began in 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri” (the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild).

Since then, they have been producing top quality wines and today the company is headed by the 3 Antinori sisters, Albiera, Allegra and Allessia with their father, Marchese Piero Antinori, acting as Honorary President. 

Tignanello was a pioneer in the region, being the first to age Sangiovese in barriques, the first to use international varieties in the blend and the first to exclude white grapes from their wine. The blend consists of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 

CRITIC REVIEWS

The Marchesi Antinori 2017 Tignanello (made with Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) is a dark, exuberant and inviting wine. I tasted my sample after a double decanting and was pleased by the profound nature of the wine and the immediate openness of the aromas. There is a symphony of dark fruit with black cherry, plum, spice and sweet tobacco. I am particularly attracted by a distant hint of medicinal or menthol herb that I also discovered in other wines with fruit from the Tignanello estate in 2017. There's a drying mineral note of crushed chalk as well. The heat and dryness of the vintage has added to the aromatic intensity of the wine (yields were reduced by a third), but the mouthfeel is carefully crafted to maintain its softness and smoothness. Fruit comes from a 57-hectare section of the Tenuta Tignanello from a vineyard that is located 390 meters above sea level with Alberese limestone rock and soils of marine origin. The wine is fermented in conical oak tanks and is aged up to 16 months in a combination of mostly French and some Hungarian oak, both new and neutral. Some 300,000 bottles were released in April 2020 after one year of bottle age. 2021-2040. 96 Points. Monica Larner, RobertParker.com (June 2020)

FOOD PAIRING INSPIRATION

This wine pairs well with Grilled Mushrooms, Grilled Beef or Pecorino cheese. Try this with a meaty pizza for something a bit different.  

VINTAGE AND WINEMAKING

2017 was an unusual year in that there were plenty of ups and downs in the progression of the season. The winter was mild but a cold spell in April caused a slight drop in the production of the vines. The rest of the Spring and Summer were dry with an average daily temperature of 30C. However, September had a fair amount of rained which counter balanced the hot temperatures and the grapes were able to gain optimal maturity on the vine. Harvest began on September 20 and ended on October 6th. 

PRODUCER NOTES

The eponymous vineyards of Tignanello are located in in the middle of the Chianti Classico region. They cover 57 hectares and are situated between the Pesa and Greve river valleys. 

Tignanello and the other prized estate of the winery, Solaia, are located on the same hillside, sharing the same soils of marine marlstone, rich in schist and limestone. They have a south western exposure and are about 400 mts above sea level. There is a wide diurnal difference in temperature with hot days leading into cool nights. This allows the grapes the achieve good acidity and even balance.  The Tignanello vinyards chiefly produce Sangiovese but there is also a small parcel of Cabernet Franc grown there as well. 

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SERVICE AND STORAGE TIPS

We recommend this wine should be ideally stored around 12°C. Decant a hour before serving. 

DELIVERY INFORMATION

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2017 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy

Wine Card
Wine Producer Antinori
Wine Region Tuscany
Wine Classification IGT Toscana
Wine Type Red
Grape Variety Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
Vintage 2017
Vintage Quality Good to Excellent - Parker
Maturity For laying down
Body Full Bodied
Sweetness Dry
Alcohol % 14%
Bottle Type Bordeaux 75cl
Serving Temperature 16-18°C
Food Pairing Pizza, Tomato Based Pasta Dishes
Awards 96 Points - Robert Parker
95 Points - Antonio Galloni
95 Points - James Suckling

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