2008 Tignanello Piero Antinori



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Average critic rating : 94.0 points

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The 2008 Tignanello is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. The 2008 isn’t a huge or obvious Tignanello, rather it is a wine that impresses for its sublime elegance and precision. Understated layers of fruit caress the palate like cashmere in this impeccable, soft wine. There is not a hard edge to be found. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that come through on the finish. The flavor profile is decidedly on the dark side, but the wine’s structure is medium in body and intensity. In 2008 the Tignanello has more energy, focus and length than the Solaia. It is a fabulous achievement! The 2008 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3rd new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ||Antinori seems to do everything well these days, from churning out millions of bottles of supermarket wines all the way to turning out superb versions of their many flagship bottlings. This is another impressive set of new releases with a number of highlights. Over the years oenologist Renzo Cotarella has moved away from the super-late harvests of the late 1990s/early 2000s in favor of picking slightly earlier, a decision that has paid off handsomely, especially over the last few years. Antinori’s 2008s, from a vintage that is quite inconsistent across the board, are superb. I remember spending a few days near the estate’s Tignanello and Badia a Passignano estates in mid-August 2008. The days were very hot, but the nights were so cool that a sweater or light jacket was a necessity Wine Advocate.August, 2011

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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