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Antinori Marchesi Tignanello Toscana IGT
Grape Variaty: Sangiovese / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic Content: 14 %
Region: Central Italy, Tuscany
Volume: 0.75 L
Climte: The 2017 vintage will be remembered for its unusual progression of the seasons. Onlythe month of January registered cold temperatures while the rest of winter was mild prompting early bud break in the vineyards. A cold spellat the end of April broughtaslight drop in production. From May throughout the entire month of August, the Chianti Classico region enjoyed hot dry weather with dailytemperatures reaching over 30 °C (86 °F). Rain showers during the month of September counterbalanced summertime vine stressand provided favorable conditions for optimal grape maturation. Grapes were harvested from September 20th to October 6th.
Vinification: Climatic trends for the 2017 vintage required focused efforts both in the vineyard, during harvesting operations, and in the cellar, upon arrival of the grapes, where sorting and initial production phases were critical to achieve an optimal final result. During fermentation in truncated cone shaped tanks, maceration processes were performed with the utmost care to preserve aromas, extract colorand manage the sweetnessand elegance of tannins. Racking was done onlyafter meticulousand dailytastings. Once the wine was run off the skins, malolactic fermentation began in small oak barrels to enhance the finesse and complexity of the aromas. In the first phase of the aging process, each vineyard lotand each grape variety were fermented separatelyand then blended. The wine was then transferred to French and Hungarian oak barrels, partially new and partiallysecond-fill, fora period of 14-16 months to complete the final development of the wine’s distinctive character. Tignanello, crafted predominantly with Sangiovese and asmall percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, wasaged in the bottle foran additional period of 12 months before being released in the market
Historical Data: Tignanello is produced exclusivelyfrom the vineyard of the same name,a parcel of some 140 acres (57 hectares) with limestone-rich soilsand asouthwestern exposure at 1150-1325 feets (350-400 meters)above sealevelat the Tignanello estate. It was the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in small oak barrels, the first modern red wine to use such non-traditionalvarietiesas Cabernet in the blend,and among the first red wines from the Chianti Classico area to be produced without white grapes. The wine, originally called "Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Tignanello" (a Chianti Classico Riservafrom the Tignanello vineyard), was produced for the first time from asingle vineyard parcel in 1970, when the blend contained 20% of Canaiolo and 5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia, both white grapes, and the wine aged in small oak barrels. In 1971 it became a Tuscan red table wine rather than a Chianti Classico, and was called Tignanello. In the 1975 vintage the percentage of white grapes was definitively eliminated from the blend. Ever since 1982, the blend has been the one currently used. Tignanello is bottled onlyin favorable vintages, and was not produced in 1972, 1973,1974, 1976, 1984, 1992,and 2002.
Colour: Intenselyrubyred in color
Bouquet: Tignanello 2017 is remarkable on the nose for its complexity. Notes of ripe red fruits such as cherries preserved in spirits, sour cherries, raspberriesand plums complement delicate spicyaromas of clovesand licorice; sweet balsamic notes of mintand chocolate complete its complex bouquet.
Notes: On the palate it is rich, mouth-filling and vibrant with supple velvetytannins. Its lengthy finish and persistent aftertaste bring back aromatic notes perceived on the nose.
Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
Suggestions To Pair: Ideal with red meat, white meat, sausages, all kinds of roasted or boiled meat, aged cheeses and soft cheeses.
ANTINORI MARCHESI - TIGNANELLO
Tignanello was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first contemporary red wine blended with untraditional varieties (specifically Cabernet) and one of the first red wines in the Chianti Classico region that didn’t use white grapes. Tignanello is a milestone. It’s produced with a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.