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Debuts of Tignanello Chianti Classico and Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso! And Vintage Fiorano!
March 21, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Chianti's troubled and ultimately triumphant history in many ways begins and ends with the eighteenth century. In 1716, the Grand Duchy of Toscana Cosimo III de'Medici wrote the first set of laws regulating the cultivation of grapes and vinification of Tuscan wine, codifying the hilly region nestled between Siena and Firenze as Chianti. This area became the geographical basis for the 1967 DOC designation, when there was no DOC distinction between Chianti and Chianti Classico. It was all just Chianti and it wasn't great wine. From Cosimo's days, it took almost three hundred years for Chianti's winemakers and governing body to institute policies that would ensure world-class wine. Some of this had to do with cutting the 150-year-old practice of adding white grapes; some of it had to do with responding to the pressure of superior Super-Tuscan wines; and some of it had to do with better winemaking equipment and methods.

The upshot is that finally, finally producers who make Chianti Classico make great wine. The Antinori family is one wine producer who has seen all of Chianti's history up close and personal. This family that has been in Toscana and making Tuscan wines for more than six hundred years, and as winemakers, they have made the choice to make wines outside of the DOCG, to leave the Chianti Consortium and, eventually, to return to it. Today, I'm proud to debut a wine that reflects Chianti Classico's long, shining history, Marchese Antinori 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello. This bottling is everything you want in a Chianti Classico--it's juicy and earthy, singing with the soul and the sun of Toscana. It wraps you in its arms and doesn't want to let go. It's drinking beautifully today, and it'll amaze you even more in a decade.

Along with this singular Italian wine, I'm delighted to present two more. First, there's another debut--this one is Poderi Aldo Conterno's nimble, thrumming 2014 Langhe Rosso. Aldo's Baroli are legendary, but you can't always take the time to enjoy a legend. The estate's Langhe Rosso lets you drink in the Aldo Conterno style whenever you want. It's affordable, it's easy going, and it is delicious. Finally, I've chosen a singular bottle of Fiorano 1994 No. 46 Bianco, a rare long-aging Malvasia made by a prince. This wine is fairytale stuff, and it will amaze you.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debuting the Dazzling 2015 Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva!
2. Only At IWM: The Prince's White Diamond, Fiorano 1994 No. 46 Bianco
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Succulent, Vibrant and Affordable Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso
4. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

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Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2014 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2014 750ml
Price: $29.99

Plummy fruits, tart red berries, iron ore, violet petals, licorice, and warm earth dance against a spice-laden backdrop in this delicious ’14 Langhe Rosso. Quite lifted on the palate, this elegant, vivid wine glides with silky style to a finish that resonates--it massively over-delivers on its modest price point in 2014. A blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, Aldo Conterno’s Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is an incredible bottle of everyday red. Conterno harvests the grapes from vineyards in Bussia, then vinifies the wine in temperature-controlled stainless steel; this wine ages first in steel and finishes for a few months in barriques before bottling.
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2015 750ml
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2015 750ml
Price: $44.99

Luscious cherries and tart berries dance against a backdrop of new saddle leather, freshly pressed herbs, violet petals, warm baking spices, cigar wrapper and wisps of vanilla, cocoa powder and smoke in this gracious ’15 Chianti Classico Riserva. This wine balances its sweet inner perfume with vivid acidity and lots of fine-grained, polished tannins; a sturdy mineral core reverberates on the lingering, extended finish. A product of its lovely growing season, this ’15 Chianti Classico shows exquisite balance between its bright acidity and sweet, succulent fruit, as well as lovely structure for the long haul. 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.
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2015 1.5L
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2015 1.5L
Price: $99.99
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Luscious cherries and tart berries dance against a backdrop of new saddle leather, freshly pressed herbs, violet petals, warm baking spices, cigar wrapper and wisps of vanilla, cocoa powder and smoke in this gracious ’15 Chianti Classico Riserva. This wine balances its sweet inner perfume with vivid acidity and lots of fine-grained, polished tannins; a sturdy mineral core reverberates on the lingering, extended finish. A product of its lovely growing season, this ’15 Chianti Classico shows exquisite balance between its bright acidity and sweet, succulent fruit, as well as lovely structure for the long haul. 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.
Fiorano No. 46 Bianco 1994 750ml
Fiorano No. 46 Bianco 1994 750ml
Price: $165.00

While kissed with a patina of oxidation, this ’94 Bianco bursts with a nose of apricot and crushed stones mingled with melon and honey. With air, the wine opens up layers of herbal notes followed by soft peach and tropical fruits. The palate is crisp with a soft, balanced acidity that lingers nicely on a long, nutty, tangy finish that does not let go. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2015 3L
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2015 3L
Price: $209.00
Currently Unavailable.

Luscious cherries and tart berries dance against a backdrop of new saddle leather, freshly pressed herbs, violet petals, warm baking spices, cigar wrapper and wisps of vanilla, cocoa powder and smoke in this gracious ’15 Chianti Classico Riserva. This wine balances its sweet inner perfume with vivid acidity and lots of fine-grained, polished tannins; a sturdy mineral core reverberates on the lingering, extended finish. A product of its lovely growing season, this ’15 Chianti Classico shows exquisite balance between its bright acidity and sweet, succulent fruit, as well as lovely structure for the long haul. 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.