Antinori Tignanello 2019
Antinori Tignanello is produced exclusively from the vineyard of the same name. A parcel of 57 hectares with limestone-rich soils and a southwestern exposure at 350-400 meters above sea level. The first modern red wine to use non-traditional varieties.
The wine, originally called “Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Tignanello”, a Chianti Classico Riserva from the Tignanello vineyard. Produced for the first time from a single vineyard in 1970. The blend contained 20% of Canaiolo and 5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia. Both white grapes, and the wine aged in small oak barrels.
Winemaking and Maturation
The 2018 growing season in Chianti Classico began with normal winter weather both in terms of temperatures and rainfall. Despite these climatic conditions, the vines began bud break a week earlier than seasonal averages in this area. Spring was characterized by frequent rain showers and lower than average temperatures, especially during the month of May, while June and July were hot and dry uninterrupted by extreme heat events.
Scattered rainfall in the month of August and a dry, breezy spell in September and October allowed the grapes to progress to perfect ripeness guaranteeing excellent sugar levels and polyphenolic maturity. Harvest activities began around September 20th with Sangiovese and were completed on October 12th with Cabernet.
Intensely ruby red in colour, Tignanello 2019 is remarkable on the nose for its complexity.
Notes of ripe red fruits such as cherries preserved in spirits, sour cherries, raspberries and plums complement delicate spicy aromas of cloves and liquorice; sweet balsamic notes of mint and chocolate complete its complex bouquet. On the palate it is rich, mouth-filling and vibrant with supple velvety tannins. Its lengthy finish and persistent aftertaste bring back aromatic notes perceived on the nose.