March 28, 2020Debut: The Most Tuscan of Super Tuscans – What You Should Know About the Limited Production and “Exotic” 2017 Tignanello.
“2017 vintage, even with its own unique characteristics, completely reflects the style of Tignanello. This vintage was quite warm and dry, it delivered a Tignanello with darker fruit notes and slightly more concentrated. It shows elegance, grace, the vertical note and vibrancy that always embodies the soul of Tignanello.” – Renzo Cotarella, Chief Enologist, Marchesi Antinori
Good morning! We wanted to start this day, and every day, by wishing everyone good health and positive energy in this difficult time. After an overwhelming response to our “Greatest Value in Wine?” offering with La Rioja Alta’s 2010 Ardanza Reserva Seleccion, we are now going back to our Italian roots with what is truly one of the patriarchs of Tuscan winemaking, Antinori Tignanello. For many of us, it is the wine that got us drinking Italian wine, and few are as capable of transporting us to the rolling hills of Tuscany and providing a history lesson on viticulture. It is truly “the wine that changed Tuscany forever” with its inaugural release in 1971, and the mythical bottle from the 1975 vintage that brought worldwide attention to the heart of Chianti.
As an Italian wine enthusiast, here’s what you should know about this new and important release. First, the 2017 Sassicaia sold out in record time. Then, the 2017 Ornellaia quickly followed suit selling out in a mere 48 hours. Now, we have the official debut of the 2017 Tignanello, and with yields down a whopping 30%, this is simply another vintage where Tignanello vanishes before it arrives. Like many of you, we have a soft spot for the iconic wine as it remains the most Tuscan of Super Tuscans with its dedication and focus on the noble Sangiovese, as opposed to Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Masseto and Solaia that rely on Cabernet and/or Merlot. From the 2017 vintage, this is one of the more “flamboyant” and “exotic” interpretation of Tignanello that Mother Nature has provided to us. As winemaker Renzo Cotarella told us yesterday, "in the 2017 vintage, even with its own unique characteristics, it completely reflects the style of Tignanello. This vintage was quite warm and dry, it delivered a Tignanello with darker fruit notes and slightly more concentrated. It shows elegance, grace, the vertical note and vibrancy that always embodies the soul of Tignanello.” We saw it in the bottle of 2017 Sassicaia we had last month, and it remains true with Tignanello, this is a delicious release that can be enjoyed in the short term while we wait for the 2016s to mature.
We are now pleased to present the 2017 Antinori Tignanello with special pricing. While we wait for the 2017s to arrive, we are including the more immediate and gratifying, “Baby Tignanello,” the 2016 Marchese Antinori Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva. The wine is produced from the same estate-owned vineyards as Tignanello and is essentially, as Antonio Galloni noted, “the second wine of the flagship Tignanello.” For IWM, it is another silky expression with the signature Antinori touch of elegance married with the classic acidic spine of Sangiovese that provides a taste of Tignanello pedigree at under forty dollars. There is plenty of drinking pleasure here while you wait for the older siblings, and it arrives just in time for your home cooking explorations.
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While it is always the flagship Super Tuscans that are capturing the headlines, the simple transporting pleasure Chianti can provide should not be ignored. When you combine prized fruit from Italy’s iconic Tignanello vineyard with 600+ year-old Italian winemaking pedigree, and the classic 2016 vintage, you can easily see how this wine will be a standout. The Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva has been produced from Sangiovese high altitude selections grown between Greve and the Pesa River Valleys, from the finest grapes that do not make it into Tignanello. This is a wine that will offer plenty of drinking pleasure while you wait for Tignanello to age to perfection.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
2017 Antinori Tignanello
Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2017 Tignanello is dense, exotic and flamboyant. Red berry fruit, cherries in liqueur, blood orange, wild flowers and sweet spice are front and center in this sumptuous, racy Tignanello that is likely to drink beautifully right out of the gate. The Antinori team has done a terrific job with the 2017, a year in which heat and dry weather took with them 30% of the production.”
2016 Marchese Antinori Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva
Christopher Deas, IWM: “Since 2011 this wine has been bottled as Tenuta Tignanello Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva. The Sangiovese derives from the estate owned vineyards of Tenuta Tignanello and is very much as Antonio Galloni describes, the second wine of the flagship Tignanello. It is modern meets the old world, and the addition of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon provide for a softer and more generous expression of Chianti Classico Riserva. There is a juicy plushness and smoothness from the generosity of red and black fruit, and it is brilliantly joined with nuances of black licorice, black olives, spice and a touch of leather with baked earth. Rich and elegant it encapsulates the Antinori style and is simply enjoyable over conversation or food at the dinner table. It is the crowd-pleasing and perfect house Chianti.”