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VIDEO 036. TENUTA TIGNANELLO PART.1

November 7. 2011

 

Marchese Piero Antinori (born July 16, 1938 in the Palazzo Antinori in Florence) is an Italian wine entrepreneur. He is President of the global family business Marchesi Antinori Srl. Marchese Piero Antinori created in 1971 with the top wine Tignanello the first supertuscan and thus renewed the Italian top viticulture from scratch.

The Italian noble family Antinori in Tuscany has been dedicated to viticulture for 26 generations and is one of the largest and most important wine producers and trading companies in Italy. Founder was Giovanni di Piero Antinori in 1385. He came from a Florentine merchant family with a long winemaking tradition. Giovanni became successful, and wine production, along with the silk trade and international banking business, took an important position in the family’s activities.

In the early 1970s, the Marchesi Antinori experimented in the core zone of Chianti with the classic Chianti grape Sangiovese and renounced for the first time on the then prescribed for the Chianti Classico white wine. Since this did not correspond to the (DOC) production rules for the Chianti Classico, the very high-quality wine could only be offered as Vino da Tavola, in the lowest quality level.

The success was still sensational, especially since the Marchesi also use barriques, which was then completely unknown in Italy. From 1975, French grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were integrated into the cuvée (80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc).

The Tignanello was, together with the Sassicaia, the starting signal for the modernization of Italian viticulture in Tuscany and has found numerous imitators. Antinori still opposes the regulations of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico with the Tignanello (and other top wines) and deliberately markets the Tignanello as the wine of the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT), outside the classification of the Chianti Classico DOCG.

FEATURED WINES

Tignanello 2008

Country: Italy
Wine region: Tuscany
Locality: Val di Pesa
Vintage: 2008
Classification: Vino da Tavola
Variety: Sangiovese, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc

TENUTA TIGNANELLO
TIGNANELLO

Sangiovese 80%, Cabernet sauvignon 15% and Cabernet franc 5% make up the blend. Dark crimson. Full of dark fruit, spices and minerals. Some cassis and kirsch. It blossoms reluctantly. Full-bodied with no overextraction. Juicy and really fresh. Some dark chocolate and mocha in the back. Balanced acidity with fine and superb structured tannins. Good finish. Best from 2014 through 2025.
November 2011

92 PS
Tignanello 2008

Country: Italy
Wine region: Tuscany
Locality: Val di Pesa
Vintage: 2007
Classification: Vino da Tavola
Variety: Sangiovese, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc

TENUTA TIGNANELLO
TIGNANELLO

Sangiovese 80%, Cabernet sauvignon 15% and Cabernet franc 5% make up the blend. Deep dark crimson. Very aromatic and open. Impact of dark cherries, cassis, spices, minerals and licorice. Complex. Well structured body. The fruit is dense to the core and the acidity and tannins are equilibrated. Juicy and with an ultra-magnetic and spicy finish. Best from 2015 through 2030+.
November 2011

96 PS
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