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Benchmark 2016 Tignanello, Big and Small
March 2, 2020
A Note from Sergio

It's always hard to follow up a benchmark vintage--expectations are high, hopes are high, and the fear of jinxing yourself is also high--so every Tuscan winemaker had their fingers crossed in 2016. How could they top the lauded, classic, and almost poetic 2015 vintage? Would the weather gods help or hinder? How might they make the most of their raw materials? And, above all, would the magic continue? Judging from today's superb '16 Tignanello, the answer is yes, lightning does strike twice. It's too early to say whether the 2015 or the 2016 will be better (and the answer may be subjective) but it is clear that fans of the wine are ecstatic.

Today, I'm delighted to present a new allocation of Antinori's spellbinding 2016 Tignanello. This Tig wafts with perfume, crackles with energy, suffuses with intensity, and sings with a sneaky building power--it's dazzling. This Tignanello vintage is already terrific, but today's offer is a little different than usual. The Tig you'll find below doesn't come in pedestrian 750ml bottles; it comes in magnums and in splits! Magnums, of course, help the wine to age gorgeously, while splits give you more immediate enjoyment. Either way, today's '16 Tignanello is bliss. No matter which bottle you put in your cellar (or on your table), you won't want to miss the 2016 Tig. It could be a legend in the making.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Radiant '16 Tig in Magnum and Splits!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming March Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Antinori Tignanello 2016 1.5L
Antinori Tignanello 2016 1.5L
Price: $319.00

2016 saw an even, dry, yet healthy growing year at the Antinori family’s Tignanello estate, and the ’16 Tignanello reflects its climate in its intensity, balance, and precision. Juicy red and blue fruits dance on a foundation of dusty earth, new leather, cigar wrapper, pressed violets, and dustings of spice and wood in this sneakily powerful Tig. Chewy tannins cling to the cheeks, while kinetic acidity propels this wine to a lingering, delineated, and muscular finish. 2016 gifted the Antinori team with ideal conditions for Sangiovese, and this Tignanello showcases the grape’s lush yet nervy profile. An ideal blend of mostly Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc, Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game, offering an indigenous spin on Bordeaux-style Super Tuscans. 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