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A Quarter of a Century of the Most Tuscan of Super Tuscan. It’s 25 Years of Tignanello (1995-2016)
September 25, 2020



Due to Overwhelming Demand – IWM is Presenting a Quarter of a Century of the Most Tuscan of Super Tuscan. It’s 25 Years of Tignanello (1995-2016) featuring the Return of the Celebrated 2015 Vintage!

Due to the overwhelming response from our offering of the 2016 Tignanello yesterday, we decided to go back to Italy in search for more of the iconic wine that is responsible for many of us drinking Italian. We sometimes have to remind ourselves, Tignanello is essentially exceptional in any vintage, showcasing another side and personalitu of the noble Sangiovese grape (with Cabernet). Today we are offering some of the finest expressions of Tignanello dating back more than a quarter of a century to 1995, including the benchmarks of 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016 and with a spotlight on the forgotten favorite - 2015.

In the 2015 vintage of Tuscany, as you probably remember Mother Nature was bountiful, the 2015 Sassicaia ignited a storm with its Wine of the Year accolade, then it was the 2015 Solaia with 100-point perfection, begging the question, “Is it the greatest Solaia ever?” But it didn’t end there. It was a banner year for Sangiovese and the most Tuscan of Super Tuscans, Tignanello! In fact, before the 2016 Tignanello took the world by storm, it was the 2015 Tignanello that was considered the benchmark expression, surpassing 2013 as the finest and most well-regarded release of Tignanello in five decades!

The press chimmed in describing the Tuscan patriarch as, “A great Tignanello. A little more sangiovese than usual. Best since the legendary 1997?” More importantly, Renzo Cotarella, the Chief Winemaker of Marchesi Antinori (Solaia, Tignanello and Guado al Tasso) echoed these sentiments from the fields, “2015 was riper and more consistent than any year in recent history, even the excellent 2016.” These are the comments we like to share as opposed to how many points the wine received.

Today we are pleased to present the iconic 2015 Antinori Tignanello with special pricing with selections covering more than 25 years of Tignanello. Wines are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Featured Wine: A Quarter of a Century of the Iconic Tuscan Patriarch – Tignanello



Note: wines are pre-arrival

With 600+ years of winemaking history, Marchese Piero Antinori, with his daughters Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, are Italian wine royalty and produce some of the world’s most collected and notable wines. Piero Antinori, has long been a visionary and along with Renzo Cotarella, for 20+years have been an unstoppable team, producing countless legendary vintages of their flagship wine -Tignanello. The wine, originally called "Chianti Classico Riserva vigneto Tignanello" (a Chianti Classico Riserva from the Tignanello vineyard), was produced for the first time from a single vineyard parcel in 1970, when the blend contained 20% of Canaiolo and 5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia, both white grapes, and aged in small oak barrels. Tignanello is produced exclusively from the vineyard of the same name, a parcel of some 140 acres with limestone-rich soils and a southwestern exposure at 1150-1325 feet above sea level at the Tignanello estate. In a special tasting a few years back, Antonio Galloni once wrote “Tasting Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tignanello and Solaia vineyards, both in Chianti Classico, was an unforgettable lesson in the uniqueness of each of these fabulous terroirs. Antinori’s Tignanello property in Chianti Classico provided an object lesson in the challenges of understanding the complexities and nuances of Tuscan terroir, something that can be extrapolated to many other regions within Italy as well.”

Additional Notes and Reviews:



2015 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
98 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2015 Tignanello is a wine of extraordinary finesse. Ample, creamy and voluptuous, the 2015 dazzles from the very first taste. Dark raspberry jam, rose petal mint and wild flowers are some of the many notes that are laced throughout. Intense and explosive, but also remarkable vibrant, the 2015 is one of the finest Tignanellos in recent memory. The 2015 also represents a bit of a shift in winemaking philosophy that favors picking fruit a bit earlier than in the past and also blending earlier than was the case in the previous period spanning 2004-2014, when the components were aged separately and then blended just before bottling. Lastly, at 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 has a bit more Sangiovese than is the norm, which contributes to the wine's freshness and energy.”

98 Points, James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of dark berries, sandalwood and Spanish cedar that are ever so deep. Full body, an incredible spin of polished tannins and bright acidity. Incredible depth. Like looking over the edge of a skyscraper. Powerful and structured. A great Tignanello. A little more sangiovese than usual. Best since the legendary 1997?" 1/18.

2016 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
98 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2016 Tignanello is flat out stunning. Dark, dense and resonant, the 2016 is a wonderfully complete wine that will provide readers with decades of pure drinking pleasure. The 2016 is especially dark and brooding, and yet the tannins are incredibly polished to the point of being perceptible. In the glass, the 2016 is complete and regal, perhaps because of the super-classic blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The pedigree of the vintage comes through in the wine's extraordinary balance and total sense of finesse. I don't think there is another wine anywhere in the world made entirely from estate fruit that can match Tignanello for quality, consistency and value within its peer group of top-flight reds.”

97 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "To hit the market in June, the 2016 Tignanello is a rock-solid wine and a stunning beauty. The wine offers an impeccable level of precision and laser-focus delivery of fruits, spices, tilled earth, espresso beans and Mediterranean herbs. This vintage follows the classic blending formula of 80% Sangiovese with about 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. The vines are now 15 to 20 years old. Compared to the 2015 vintage that ultimately appeared more chewy and succulent, this expression from the iconic 2016 vintage is more vibrant, nervous and jazzed. It shows more savory spice, saltiness and minerality, with a beautifully integrated quality of tannins. This wine is at the top of the list of some of the best Tignanello ever made, including the vintages 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015." 6/18.

2013 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
96 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: The 2013 Tignanello represents the beginning of a new chapter for Italy's ultimate game-changer wine. The blend remains 80% Sangiovese with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc but Renzo Cotarella tells me "stylistically-speaking, this is what we wanted to achieve." The winemaking formula remains the same, but one of the major differences and benefits to this wine is vineyard age. The celebrated Tignanello single vineyard is now reaching 15 years old. In other words, it is in its production prime. This is a harmonious and beautifully integrated wine that reveals black fruit and baking spice. I'm told the 2014 Tignanello will have a greater percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2015 vintage will have more Sangiovese. This is an excellent set of wines from Marchesi Antinori and the talented winemaking team based in Tuscany. I am particularly impressed by the two top wines - Tignanello and Solaia - from the 2013 vintage. Compared to 2011 and 2012, both these wines show a superior sense of harmony and intensity.”

2010 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Antinori's 2010 Tignanello is stunning, as it has been since I started tasting the component wines in 2011. Firm yet sweet, silky tannins form the backbone for this gorgeous, vivid wine. Dark red cherries, plums, cloves, mint and sage inform a Tignanello that impresses for its delineation, nuance and power. Clean, saline notes support the mineral-drenched finish. The 2010 isn't huge, but rather is a vertical wine endowed with tremendous energy and vibrancy. I can't remember a Tignanello with this much crystalline tension and pure energy. Simply put, the 2010 Tignanello is a magnificent, towering wine from Antinori.”

2006 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
96 Points, John Stimpfig, Decanter:”Pioneered by Giacomo Tachis in the late 1970s, this wine burst onto the international fine wine scene with dazzling effect. A single-vineyard wine from the Chianti Classico zone, it was among the first to include Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the blend, and barriques for ageing. As a consequence, it had to be labelled as Vino da Tavola It isn’t made in every vintage, so when it’s good, it’s very good. This 2006, from Spurrier's own cellar, is just such a wine, with unyielding colour right to the rim. The sweet nose has a singed tobacco note. On the palate it's full of sweet, juicy cassis and plum with a layer of cedar and earthy sous-bois. Dry, rich and elegantly full, the 2006 has grip, texture and volume in spades, followed by a gorgeously long finish.”

2004 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: The estate's 2004 Tignanello is a modern-day classic. Suggestions of macerated cherries, menthol, sweet spices, licorice and French oak meld seamlessly into a perfumed silky-textured core of ripe fruit. The tannins remain incredibly fine throughout. The wine's vibrant color and fresh flavors suggest it will age gracefully over the next decade. This is a remarkably refined Tignanello.”

1997 ANTINORI TIGNANELLO
94 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: During the recorking ceremony for the 1971 Tignanello, I had the opportunity to taste four editions of the wine spanning the four decades of its production. The 1997 Tignanello was by far the most enjoyable of these wines. It is experiencing a perfect moment in its drinking window. Looking through The Wine Advocate archive, I see the suggestion of brett in a past review. I found absolutely no imperfections in this wine. Instead, the bouquet is generous and opulent with dark berry, spice, licorice and leather. Much of the Tignanello vineyards were replanted in the 1990s so I expect that the fruit came from younger vines. The finish is silky and long in persistency.”


Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer or while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris