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Average critic rating : 95.0 points
Antinori’s 2007 Tignanello is wonderfully ripe and seductive in its dark cherries, flowers, spices, tobacco, sage, cedar, mint and minerals. This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted but there is just enough acidity and structure from the Sangiovese to keep things from going over the top. The wine’s richness and warmth are such that in a blind tasting I mistook the 2007 Tignanello for a wine from Maremma! The dense, muscular fruit follows through to an impeccable finish with no hard edges and impossibly fine, silky tannins. Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027. ||I continue to be amazed at the high average quality Antinori achieves across a production that exceeds a whopping 20 million bottles per year. This is a fabulous set of new releases. Long-time Oenologist Renzo Cotarella could certainly have rested on his laurels; after all he is already one of Italy’s most celebrated winemakers. Instead, Cotarella continues to improve quality in a meaningful way. The highlights are the 2007s, which are off the charts. I first sampled Antinori’s 2007 Tignanello and Solaia two years ago, when they were still separate wines from individual parcels, but even then it was clear these were going to be special wines. Tasting Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tignanello and Solaia vineyards, both in Chianti Classico, was an unforgettable lesson in the uniqueness of each of these fabulous terroirs. The Solaia vineyard in particular is clearly one of Italy’s greatest sites. Everything I tasted was loaded with personality and sheer character. One of the recent major changes at Antinori is the separate vinification of component wines for Guado al Tasso, Tignanello and Solaia, which began with the 2004 vintage. In 2007 Cotarella took that approach even further, with small parcel-by-parcel vinifications that allowed for maximum flexibility when the final blend for each wine was ultimately assembled. The 2007 harvest brings with it a number of additional changes. Syrah has been eliminated from Guado al Tasso in favor of Cabernet Franc, a grape that is proving to be exceptionally well-suited to the Tuscan coast. If the 2007 is any indication, Guado al Tasso is taking on a much more Bordeaux-like personality. The estate is also gradually moving toward slightly larger barrels and less new oak for their Sangioveses. Wine Advocate.October, 2010
The Antinori family have been involved in Italian wine production for over six centuries and are one of 11 families included in the Primum Familiae Vini or First Families of Wine. The family’s roots are in Tuscany where they began making wine as far back as 1385 and eventually pioneered wine production in the Chianti Classico region. The revolution of their wines came in 1971 under the direction of Piero Antinori who created the family’s flagship wine: Tignanello. His innovation in creating the recipe of Cabernet blended with Sangiovese and the use of French oak barriques was a milestone for both the family and the history of Tuscan wine. Tignanello was one of the first wines to establish the Super-Tuscan category and began the movement towards innovation in the region. Later, Piero Antinori created other top Super Tuscan wines: Solaia and Guado Al Tasso. Much like Tignanello, Solaia and Guado Al Tasso receive consistent praise from top wine critics like Robert Parker and James Suckling and continue to dominate the category alongside Ornellaia and Sassicaia. Today, the Antinori firm is still run by Piero Antinori with the support of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. They are currently one of the biggest wine companies in Italy and continue to acquire new estates throughout Italy and into international wine regions, such as California, Washington, Chile and others.
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