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Approachable ’14 Tignanello, Antinori’s Silky Aglianico, and Benchmark Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva
August 20, 2018
A Note from Sergio

In creating his Super-Tuscan Tignanello, Piero Antinori didn't aim to recreate a Bordeaux-style claret; he wanted to show the versatility and finesse of Sangiovese. In this goal, Antinori veered from the path blazed by his cousin's Sassicaia, a wine that was inspired by Bordeaux and, in turn, ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution. 1971 saw the inaugural vintage of Tignanello, just the second Super Tuscan to hit the market and the first wine that featured Toscana's native Sangiovese in a Cabernet blend, the first Sangiovese to be aged in small oak barrels, and the first Super Tuscan to hail from the heart of Chianti Classico. Alongside Sassicaia, Tignanello set the standard for Super-Tuscan wines that followed.

Tignanello is beloved the world over, and today, I'm excited to announce a new allocation of the immediately enjoyable 2014 Tignanello. Any vintage that follows a benchmark year inherits unfair comparison, and 2013 was an extraordinary year for Tuscan wines. Unlike that benchmark vintage, 2014 was challenging. It took a lot of work in the vineyards and a lot of prayer to coax out a wine worthy of the Tignanello name, but the Antinori team made one. This 2014 Tignanello may not have the staying power of its vintage predecessor, but it's a beautiful, welcoming wine that breathes with the soul of Toscana. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if this year isn't a sleeper vintage that turns out to perform far better than anyone expects. Grab this 2014 Tignanello! It'll grab you right back.

One delicious Antinori wine deserves another, so I've chosen to give my clients another chance at Tormaresca 2012 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, a mono-varietal Aglianico that hails from Antinori's Puglian estate. Usually Aglianico wines need a lot of time in the cellar before you can really enjoy them. Not this Tormaresca bottling. When this '12 Bocca di Lupo was released, it felt like drinking a jungle cat; today, it's like drinking black velvet, and you do not want to miss it. Finally, I scored a few more bottles of Biondi-Santi's classic, timeless 2010 Brunello Riserva. The 2010 Brunello Riserva is one of the last vintages touched by my friend Franco Biondi-Santi, and it's a fitting celebration of one of the greatest winemakers the world has ever known.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Silky, Powerful, Drink-Me-Now 2014 Tignanello
2. Only At IWM: Antinori's Luscious Aglianico, the "Nebbiolo of the South"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Timeless, Tremendous 2010 Biond-Santi Brunello Riserva
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Antinori Tignanello 2014 750ml
Antinori Tignanello 2014 750ml
Price: $119.00

Precise yet welcoming, the ’14 Tignanello bursts with juicy cherries and brambly wild berries, warm cigar wrapper, mocha, fresh loam and smoky minerals. This wine balances its velvety palate with a sturdy mineral core, unspooling on the palate with a silky texture that’s studded with refined tannins. 2014’s Tignanello may not drink for decades, but it is a pleasurable, supple wine for the near term. An ideal blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing vineyard of limestone-rich soils; Antinori separately ferments each plot in temperature-controlled stainless steel, ages each plot’s wine in barrels, some new and some used, for about a year, and only then makes the final blend. more info