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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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Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato 2015 750ml
Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato 2015 750ml
Price: $18.99
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Rich cherries, succulent raspberries and fresh-cut herbs dance with crushed flower petals and a kiss of orange zest in this refreshing, aromatic ’15 Rosato Scalabrone. A rare Super-Tuscan rosato, this wine hails from Antinori’s Guado al Tasso, and it’s a food-friendly, genial introduction to this storied Bolgheri esate. Zingy acidity keeps this wine nimble, but it offers a delightful complexity that is sure to delight Antinori fans. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 30% Syrah, each grape varietal ferments separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel; after blending, the wine ages first in stainless steel and then rests in bottle before release. more info
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato 2014 750ml
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato 2014 750ml
Price: $26.99
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Ripe red and blue fruit bursts from the glass, mingling with espresso, milk chocolate, grilled herbs, river rocks and baking spices. The palate of this vibrant '14 Il Bruciato is silky with tannins, and it culminates in a nicely mineral finish. In 2014, the Il Bruciato is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Syrah, and Antinori uses meticulous protocol to craft its Il Bruciato, the entry-level wine for Antinori’s Bolgheri estate, Tenuta Guado al Tasso. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, using lower temperatures for a portion of the grapes, and malolactic fermentation is split between tank and barrels; the wine ages in barriques for seven months and four months in bottle before release. more info
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato 2015 750ml
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato 2015 750ml
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The product of a warm growing year with reduced yields, the ’15 Il Bruciato almost hugs you with its geniality, yet it retains a nicely acidic zing to whoosh it across the palate. Fistfuls of red and blue fruits, warm baking spices, fresh loam, kisses of underbrush, flower petals and pencil lead, and a spritz of blood orange mingle in this open-knit wine. You can drink this muscular Il Bruciato now, but a year in the cellar will mellow its chewy tannins and integrate its parts into a seamless whole. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, Il Bruciato is the entry-level wine for Antinori’s Bolgheri estate, Tenuta Guado al Tasso. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, using lower temperatures for a portion of the grapes, and malolactic fermentation is split between tank and barrels; the wine ages in barriques for seven months and four months in bottle before release. more info
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato 2016 750ml
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato 2016 750ml
Price: $29.00

Brambly berries and juicy cherries mingle with scents of new leather, espresso, warm baking spices, cigar wrapper and terracotta in the silky, expressive ’16 Il Bruciato. This wine shows impeccable balance between its robust acidity and its fine-grained tannins, complementing its sweet fruits with savory minerals, and matching its opulence with a fine, mineral-laden finish. Enjoyable upon release, the ’16 Il Bruciato has the stuffing to age over the medium term. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, Il Bruciato’s grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, using lower temperatures for a portion of the grapes, and malolactic fermentation is split between tank and barrels; the wine ages in barriques for seven months and four months in bottle before release. more info
Petrolo Torrione 2015 750ml
Petrolo Torrione 2015 750ml
Price: $32.99
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Ripe, juicy and seductive, the immediately enjoyable ’15 Torrione bursts with succulent red and blue fruits, incense, wildflowers, warm spices, and savory notes of game, tapenade and crushed river rocks. This vibrant wine almost grabs you and pulls you to the glass, wrapping the palate in copious dry extract, studding the cheeks with fine-grained tannins, and powering to a lingering, resonant finish. A cuvée of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend proportionally represents Petrolo’s vineyard composition; grapes ferment for at least two weeks, and the wine ages in used barrels of various sizes for 15 months before bottling and resting for six months before release. more info
Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2012
Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2012 750ml
Price: $34.99
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Although third-tier Le Difese, inaugural vintage 2002, may do the work of the estate's "everyday" wine, when the estate in question is Tenuta San Guido, the “everyday” wine is a reason to celebrate. Ironically, the Le Difese, a Cabernet and Sangiovese blend, is even more difficult than Sassicaia to obtain, for the estate produces very little and exports even less--most of the 500 cases produced goes to local Bolgheri restaurants. Le Difese allows wine enthusiasts to experience the glory of Tenuta San Guido every day. Ripe, round fruit, moderate alcohol, and lively acidity from the disparate weather conditions of the vintage make the 2012 Le Difese remarkably balanced. Ripe, rich fruit, herbs and spice, a lingering vanilla note typify this juicy, soft and fresh everyday wine. more info
Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2014 750ml
Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2014 750ml
Price: $44.99
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Bright red fruits dance with brambly berries, warm baking spices, sweet basil, fresh loam, new saddle leather and a kiss of blood orange in this elegant, supple ’14 Chianti Classsico Riserva. While 2014 gave Antinori’s team many challenges, this wine doesn’t show their hard work; it almost skips across the palate with energetic acidity, peppering the cheeks with fine-grained tannins as it builds to a lingering, nervy finish. 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
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. more info
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Price: $44.99

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
Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo 2014 1.5L
Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo 2014 1.5L
Price: $74.99
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This ’14 Pian del Ciampolo shows no sign of its tumultuous growing year in its ripe red and blue fruits, fresh wildflowers, espresso, loam and baking spices; it’s a pure, lilting wine that almost dances across the palate. Vibrant acidity ushers in a perfume rich with telltale Radda terroir as this wine builds to a balanced crescendo. Mostly Sangiovese with a kiss of Colorino and Canaiolo, the organically grown Pian del Ciampolo derives from the same vineyards as the estate's flagship wine, Le Pergole Torte, which are 44 rolling acres located in the municipality of Radda in the heart of Chianti. Like its big-ticket big brother, Pian del Ciampolo shows the elegant, finessed and graceful side of Sangiovese, but at pricing and in a style that allows you to enjoy Montevertine early and often. more info
   
 
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.