The Antinori family's winemaking legacy dates to 1385 when its ancestors joined the Florentine Guild of Vintners, then the governing body for the wine that would become Chianti Classico. This tradition of working with Sangiovese is the foundation of Piero Antinori's success; indeed, it's the soul of the family's wines. Twenty-six generations later, the Antinori family has estates throughout Toscana--Montalcino (Pian delle Vigne), Chianti Classico (Tignanello, Badia a Passignano, Peppoli), and Montepulciano (La Braccesca)--and it has expanded to Umbria (Castello della Sala), Piemonte (Prunotto), Puglia (Tormaresca), and across the world.
Even as it expanded, grew and evolved, Antinori never turned its back on its history, and its history is in Chianti Classico. Today, I'm very pleased to present Antinori Tenuta Tignanello 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine that comes from Antinori's Tignanello estate, the site of the famed Super Tuscan of the same name, as well as Solaia. Almost four decades ago, the Antinori family's Tignanello estate left the Chianti Consorzio; in 2013, it returned, and this Chianti Classico feels like a big embrace. It's steeped in Antinori's winemaking history, in Tuscan tradition, and in Italian elegance. You're going to love it.
Speaking of Super-Tuscan wines, Castello del Terriccio on the Maremma coastline is a relative newbie to the area, but you can't deny that it makes seriously good wine. I'm very proud to welcome the estate to the IWM lineup, and you'll find a quartet of recent releases from this exciting estate. Finally, all real Burgundy lovers know the name Comte Georges de Vogüé. This Musginy domaine crafts some of the most sinfully good wines in the world--in fact, it's so renowned that its Musginy Grand Cru doesn't even announce its status. Comte Georges de Vogüé makes outrageously good collector Burgundies, and today, they're all on sale.