Many winemakers built on the success of the pioneering
Super-Tuscans--it's only natural that international demand would drive
the market. But not all of these wines were created equal, and one of
the best is also one of the earliest. Piero Antinori introduced his
Tignanello in 1971, and he made wine history. Creating his Solaia in
1978 and his Guado al Tasso in 1990, Antinori further changed the face
of Italian wine, something for which critics, collectors and
connoisseurs are regularly grateful.
Antinori has enjoyed incredible success and staying power. His
wines--created under the guidance of legendary enologist Giacomo
Tachis, finessed by the hand of Renzo Cotarelli, and now poised to be
inherited by Antinori's three daughters--rank among the best that Italy
has to offer; they are mandatory for any enthusiast's cellar. In many
ways, they represent the beauty in the convergence of tradition and
innovation, of the past and the future, and of roots-deep provincial
Italian winemaking and the international wine scene.
Today, I'm very proud to present nineteen vintages of
Antinori's groundbreaking Tignanello, ranging from 1975, the first
vintage to bear the name "Tignanello," to 2010, the most recent vintage.
I think most of us drink our Super Tuscans too early. This list of
wines gives you an opportunity to drink these wines as Piero Antinori
intended--with age, and with perfect, pristine, straight-line
provenance. It feels right to pair this legendary list with
another, this one of more than 100 Left Bank Bordeaux from the sublime
1980s; these are affordable, extraordinary vintage Bordeaux, and I'm
proud of Robin Kelley O'Connor for finding them.