Marchesi Antinori Tignanello 2019 Toscana IGT


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The 2019 growing season in Chianti Classico was defined by rather normal climatic conditions: winter was rather cold with limited rainfall and the first half of spring was cool and rainy especially during the months of April and May. Summer weather was hot, uninterrupted by major heat spikes, with slightly higher than average precipitation levels, which ensured a normal growth cycle of both the vines and the grape clusters. Ideal climatic conditions set in at the end of August and continued throughout September and October, allowing all grape varieties grown in the Tignanello vineyard to reach optimal ripeness. Harvesting activities began in the second half of September with Sangiovese, and were concluded the 16th of October with Cabernet.

Tignanello is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc aged for 14 months in French and Hungarian oak. Tignanello 2019 has a deep ruby red color. Its nose offers an exceptional complexity: notes of strawberries and pomegranate give way to delicate aromas of apricots and peaches, accompanied by elegant notes of vanilla, dried flowers, chocolate and nutmeg. Its bouquet is completed by notes of coffee, caramel, and aromatic Mediterranean herbs. A graceful and mouth-filling palate presents silky, vibrant tannins and imparts liveliness, sapidity, and a lengthy flavour profile. The aftertaste features notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

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Producer Information: Antinori

The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries, and exporting it for four; that’s twenty-six generations of uninterrupted family ownership. The first recorded mention of the family dates from 1188, when they worked in the silk trade. They moved to Florence in the early thirteenth century, and remain central figures in the fabric of the city; Piazza Antinori is the square in the historic centre where their offices are located.

Winemaking was added to the family’s activities in 1385, and during the sixteenth century the wines spread, along with Antinori’s reputation, to France, Flanders, Spain and North Africa. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion, which shows no signs of abating.

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