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January 22, 2020
A Note from Sergio

Sangiovese is an ancient grape. Cultivated in Italian soils since Etruscan times, Sangiovese has spawned loads of clones, and these various mutations allow Sangiovese to flourish all over Italy. Yet for all its prolificness, Sangiovese is a finicky grape. It grows in small, tight bunches that can ripen unevenly, and this fussiness means that Sangiovese's greatest practitioners put a lot of work into growing their grapes. Grown carefully and thoughtfully vinified, Sangiovese can transcend its pizza wine reputation. Made by a great producer, Sangiovese becomes a wine of great finesse, age-worthiness, and an ineffable ability to transmit terroir, much like Pinot Noir and the finest grand cru Burgundies.

The Antinori family has been making Sangiovese wines in Toscana for more than 600 years, so to say that they're great Sangiovese practitioners is something of an understatement. Today, I'm very pleased to present a new allocation of Marchesi Antinori 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello, a wine that comes from Antinori's Tignanello estate, the site of the famed Super Tuscan of the same name. About four decades ago, the Antinori family's Tignanello estate left the Chianti Consorzio, but Antinori returned in 2013, and today's 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva feels like a big, beautiful embrace--it's an insanely great wine, in part because of its landmark vintage, in part because its Tuscan tradition, but mostly because of Antinori's excellence.

It's unusual for Toscana to see two back-to-back banner vintages, but it did in 2015 and 2016. Antinori's 2016 Tig Chianti Classico is so outrageous that even Chianti skeptics will love it--and it's going to age gorgeously. Don't miss it!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Luminous 2016 Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva Returns!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming January / February Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Price: $44.99

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes derive from Antinori’s Tenuta Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico production zone. The grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak, and it ages for 14 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, followed by a year in bottle. more info
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 1.5L
Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 1.5L
Price: $99.99

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes derive from Antinori’s Tenuta Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico production zone. The grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak, and it ages for 14 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, followed by a year in bottle. more info