2018 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

A Sangiovese dominant masterpiece from one of Tuscany's best!

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Brand Marchesi Antinori srl
Region Tuscany
Varietal Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 14.5%
Vintage 2018
Country Italy

Description

”This wine brought to mind precise imagery of tailcoats, striped dress pants, wingtip collar shirts and other gentlemen's fashion choices from the Roaring Twenties. Sporting a retro but classic personality, the Marchesi Antinori 2018 Tignanello is quite the dapper and jovial wine that hits the market just as much of the world is emerging from a dark chapter of lockdowns and coronavirus curfews. I love the optimism that springs bright with such clarity and detail from within this blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The 2016 vintage was a benchmark for sure, but I prefer the 2018, thanks to that tinge of nostalgia or emotion that is so deftly rendered in this cool, long growing season.”
98/100, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“The 2018 Tignanello is a wine of breathtaking purity. Impossibly silky and persistent, the 2018 is all class, all the way. In many ways, the 2018 reminds me of the 2004 because of its finesse , but it has an extra degree of nuance that reflects important strides that have been made at the estate in the intervening years. Winemaking today is more gentle, while new oak is also less intrusive. The result is a Tignanello that bristles with class. The purity of the flavors alone is mesmerizing. Bright red-toned berries, mocha, spice, cedar, new leather and licorice are some of the many notes that linger on a finish framed by silky, perfectly ripe tannins. Aging was 16 months in oak, about 50% new. One of the recent developments at Antinori has been a move towards lower toast levels and a preference for longer aging of the raw wood. The blend is a very typical 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, with maybe just a touch more Franc than is the norm. At the same time, the Sangiovese is very much front and center. Production hovers around 330,000 bottles. Think about that number. It is more than any Bordeaux First Growth, more than any high-end Napa Valley wine, and equivalent to the production of 60 or so cult Cabernets taken together! Tignanello, in my view, is the single greatest high quality, estate wine made in scale."
97/100, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“This is so aromatic with flowers, such as cherry blossoms and roses, together with currants and blackberries. A medium-bodied Tignanello with very fine tannins and depth. Racy and very, very long finish. Pure and refined. Lots of blue fruit. Tight at the end, but showing a sophisticated and reserved style. Very refined. Drinkable now, but will age nicely.”
96/100, James Suckling

Smells

Ripe red fruit immediately greet the nose underpinned by liquorice, cloves, chocolate and even hints of mint, all giving beautiful complexity.

Tastes

The palate is rich yet vibrant with tannins that coat the palate with a sensual, velvety texture. There is a gorgeous sympathy of fruit, plums, dark cherry with sweet tobacco and a striking herbal vein. This wine sings, striking a chord with all the senses, leaving you wanting more. Cellar for 10-15 years or more. Serve with your favourite Italian red meat dish.

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