2019 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
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).
A favourite of critics and stars alike, Tignanello, even at over £100 still represents good value for money in the wine superstar range. Always jam packed with delicious red Sangiovese fruit the 2019 has the added benefit of being approachable today with a fascinating evolution ahead of it for the next two decade. A wine for drinking and investment.
The Marchesi Antinori 2019 Tignanello was born in a classic growing season that saw some cooling summer rains and relatively stress-free conditions. This is an elegant and extremely polished wine made with mostly Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Here too, the small blending element of Cabernet Franc has been slowly increasing in recent years. The 2019 vintage was born with a good amount of power and tannic structure, and maceration times were slightly reduced as a result. This less extractive approach shapes a polished and elegant wine with plenty of bright berry fruit, cherry, dried mint, blue flower, blood orange and rusty earth. The palate is more compact and streamlined. It shows beautiful grace. 96 Points. RobertParker.com (June 2022)
A supple, elegant red highlighted by bright cherry, black currant, violet, tobacco, iron and oak spice aromas and flavors. Though fluid and seemingly approachable now, this is well-structured and shows the balance to age. Fine length. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2042. 96 Points. Wine Spectator (June 2022)
Extremely perfumed and vivid, with fresh mushrooms, cherry stones and blackberries. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins that are long and complete. Fresh acidity. Tangy and vibrant. Lovely is the word. Drink or hold. 95 Points. James Suckling (July 2022)
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
The 2019 growing season in Chianti Classico was defined by normal climatic conditions, winter was rather cold with limited rainfall and the first half of spring was cool and rainy especially during the months of April and May. Summer weather was hot, uninterrupted by major heat spikes, with slightly higher than average precipitation levels ensuring a normal growth cycle of both the vines and grape clusters. Ideal climatic conditions set in at the end of August and continued throughout September and October allowing all grape varieties grown in the Tignanello vineyard to reach optimal ripeness. Harvesting activities began in the second half of September beginning with Sangiovese and were concluded the 16th of October with Cabernet.
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 two hours before serving at room temperature.
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2019 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
|Wine Classification||IGT Toscana
|Grape Variety||Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
|Vintage Quality||Excellent - Parker|
|Maturity||For laying down|
|Bottle Type||Bordeaux 75cl
|Food Pairing||Pizza, Tomato Based Pasta Dishes
|Awards||96 Points - Robert Parker|
|96 Points - Wine Spectator|
|95 Points - James Suckling|
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