Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2018
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PRODUCER: The Antinori family’s historic label, since the 2011 vintage Marchese Antinori has been produced with grapes exclusively from the Tignanello vineyard. It’s made almost entirely with Sangiovese with a small percentage of other complementary varieties. A wine that fully expresses the quality and elegance of Sangiovese grapes grown in this area.
WINEMAKING: Upon arrival in the cellar, the clusters were destemmed and gently crushed: the must was transferred into stainless steel vats where alcoholic fermentation occurred in about one week’s time. Maceration on the skins was managed with gentle pump overs and délestage (rack and return) for an intense extraction while preserving elegant and supple tannins. Malolactic fermentation, which took place spontaneously, was completed by the end of the year. The wine was then blended and went into French and Hungarian oak barriques for approximately one year. Marchese Antinori Riserva was bottled and then aged in the bottle for an additional twelve-month period before being released.
TASTING NOTE: Marchese Antinori is ruby red in color. On the nose intense notes of morello cherries, violets and lavender and slight sensations of iron typical of Sangiovese and spicy notes of tobacco and leather; its bouquet is completed by delicate hints of vanilla and cocoa powder. Its palate is mouth-filling, generous and lively with an excellent compact tannins that give it a lengthy persistent finish. Exceptional aftertaste characterized by red fruit and licorice.