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The story of the Super-Tuscan pioneers began in 1944, when the noble Mario Incisa della Rocchetta perceived a likeness between the coastal soil of his Tenuta San Guido estate and that of the Graves appellation in Bordeaux. Both were rocky, as the name Graves suggests. With the assistance of Tancredi Biondi Santi he planted cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux’s Château Lafite and began to make the wine that he later christened Sassicaia, or “stony ground.” Sassicaia was introduced to the market in the late sixties following a quarter century of experimentation, the final years of which involved the notable assistance of Piero Antinori’s winemaker, the esteemed Giacomo Tachis. It immediately challenged the first growths and cult wines of the world, becoming the most collected Italian wine and a cellar trophy of aficionados. (IWM is pleased to have the largest allocation of vintage and current release bottlings.
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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Price: $49.99
Special Price: $39.99

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! 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. more info
Antinori Tignanello 2016 750ml
Antinori Tignanello 2016 750ml
Price: $164.99
Special Price: $149.99

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
Antinori Tignanello 2015 750ml
Antinori Tignanello 2015 750ml
Price: $159.99
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Gleaming, broad-shouldered, and stylish, the ’15 Tignanello is a sweeping epic of a wine--indeed, this release may be the finest since the legendary 1997. Smoky incense, exotic wood, pressed violet petals, and warm earth frame the juicy red and blue fruits in this majestic Tig bottling. This full-bodied wine glides with impressive power, but for all its swagger, the ’15 Tignanello unfolds with tremendous detail. Reflecting its warm yet balanced year, the ’15 Tig gives Super-Tuscan fans an ideal combination of accessibility and longevity. An ideal blend of mostly Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc, Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. 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
Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 3L
Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 3L
Price: $209.99
Special Price: $159.99

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! 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. more info
Ornellaia Ornellaia 2018 750ml
Ornellaia Ornellaia 2018 750ml
Price: $259.99
Special Price: $229.99

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Antinori Secentenario NV 1.5L
Antinori Secentenario NV 1.5L
Price: $750.00
Special Price: $399.99
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Created to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Giovanni di Piero Antinori’s entry into the Florentine Winemaker’s Guild, Antinori Secentenario is a one-time bottling of epic proportions. Upon release in 1985, this non-vintage blend of multiple Tignanello vintages showed that iconic Super-Tuscan’s elegant cherry red fruit, earth and spice. Now with three decades of maturity, the Secentenario offers the classic nuances of an aged Tignanello--flowers, dried cherries, licorice, leather, and tobacco--all conveyed on an amazingly fresh body imbued with dusty tannins. In choosing to craft its Tignanello as a blend that featured Sangiovese, the Antinori family simultaneously honored its history and blazed a trail to the future. Putting Secentenario within this long-range perspective, the wine--already rare, important and collectable--attains the luster that only world-changing history can provide. more info
Ornellaia 2017 Ornellaia 3L
Ornellaia 2017 Ornellaia 3L
Price: $1,399.99
Special Price: $1,199.99

Balanced, radiant, and intense, the ’15 Ornellaia is stunning. Pure red and blue fruits dance with balsamic herbs, warm baking spices, pressed wildflower petals, and kisses of savory notes like leather and earth in this silky, graceful wine. Fine-grained, polished tannins lend a nicely chewy texture, while copious dry extracts offer density, yet this powerful wine never feels weighty as it builds to a lingering, satisfying finish. In 2015, Ornellaia is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot; the 2015 bottling reflects its almost textbook perfect growing year, and Ornellaia gave this flagship bottling the nickname “Il Carisma,” or “the Charisma,” for its captivating, unquestionable, and effortless beauty. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia vinfies each component grape and vineyard parcel separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel and ages the wines in barriques (70% new) for 12 months; then the components are blended and aged in barriques for six months before bottling and aging for another year. more info
Antinori Solaia 2016 3L
Antinori Solaia 2016 3L
Price: $2,499.99
Special Price: $1,799.99
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While Sassicaia constituted the genesis of the movement, Antinori’s Tignanello ignited its soul. In contrast to Mario della Rocchetta, Piero Antinori desired not to recreate a Bordeaux-style claret, but rather, to convey the versatility and finesse of the noble Sangiovese. Drawing upon the consummate skill of Tachis, Antinori realized his conception in the form of the second official Super-Tuscan—Tignanello—which starred Sangiovese, supported by a minor contribution from Cabernet. This constituted the debut crafting of a barrique-aged Sangiovese and the first modern red wine to include a nontraditional varietal. Tignanello was also among the Chianti zone’s initial productions sans white grapes. Antinori began with Tignanello and went on to produce Solaia in 1978 and Guado al Tasso in 1990.

Unfortunately, success wrought abuse and exploitation, perpetrated most drastically via the indiscrimate usage of international varietals, which served to discredit the native Sangiovese. This depreciation wrought a significant backlash, most notably via the efforts of the late winemaker Sergio Manetti and the flagship of his Montevertine estate—Le Pergole Torte—the first single-vineyard, 100% Sangiovese to be classed as a Super-Tuscan.

Founded by Sergio Manetti in 1967 as a hobby, Montevertine has passed far beyond the realm of a casual pastime and into Toscana's upper echelon, given Manetti's devotion to expressing the inherent quality of Sangiovese. As he believed in Sangiovese’s ability to realize a wine of quality on a solo basis, Manetti took issue with the attention lavished on the Super-Tuscan contingent and what he believed was a compromising position for Sangiovese—continued positioning in blends with the international varietals. He believed that the DOC's efforts to cultivate a wine of universal appeal undermined Sangiovese's image, implying that the grape's nature precluded its expression as a single-varietal wine. Upon withdrawing from the consortium in 1981, Manetti undertook production of various bottlings that honored his conception of Sangiovese, validating its performance sans the use of the international set and introducing only minor amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino for his Rosso bottling. Manetti passed away a few years ago, leaving the estate to his son, Martino. While some feared that Martino would alter the profile of the wines, he has wholly adhered to his father’s principles, providing wines that maintain fidelity to Sergio's vision.