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2008 Antinori Tuscany Tignanello

Proprietary Red

750 ml

$148.50
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The 2008 Antinori Tuscany Tignanello 750 ml is from the Tuscany region of Italy. Winemaking in the Antinori family began, in significant terms, in 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Florentine Guild of Vintners. Over the subsequent 26 generations this family-owned business has elevated their craft to one of the most respected, premium Italian wines. Today, Marchese Piero Antinori directs the long-lived family vision, and his three daughters participate in various activities with the firm. It was really during the 1960's and 70's, when they brought on famed wine consultant, Giacomo Tachis, and began experimenting with different vinification techniques (controlled temperatures, aging in bottle, and barrels comprising a range of types and styles), that the Antinori wine began to make worldwide acclaim. Rather than trying to copy Bordeaux–style claret, Antinori sought to convey the versatility and finesse of the noble Sangiovese grape. Adding malolactic fermentation for red wines, aging in barrels, omitting white grape varieties from the blend, and using non-indigenous varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Antinori was able to launch two of the most successful and compelling Super-Tuscan labels on the market - Tignanello and Solaia. Tignanello, the second official Super-Tuscan (the first was Sassicaia), debuted in 1971 and is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The name, Tignanello, is actually after the vineyard that grows these amazing grapes. Aged for about 12 months in barrels and another 12 months in bottle, Tignanello has received so many accolades from critics they are too numerous to list -- the price is a reflection of the high demand for this wine. And even though Chianti Classico DOCG have changed their rules to accommodate Super-Tuscans like Tignanello, Antinori continues to bottle it under the Toscana IGT wine category.

wa94
Wine Advocate 94 points

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.-AG

ws92
Wine Spectator 92 points

A sleek, perfumed red, showing floral, black currant and cherry flavors, with a hint of vanilla. The oak is well-integrated, with a fresh finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2024. 8,000 cases imported. - BS (10/2011)