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Antinori Lineup – More Than Tignanello

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Antinori Wines

Charine and I disagree on many things when it comes to wine, however, Tuscany is where our palates meet. And when it comes to Tuscany, one of the names to know is Antinori. This powerful wine family was one of the pioneers during the quality revolution in Italian wine.

The most famous wine in the Antinori family portfolio is Tignanello, one of the original Super Tuscan wines. Even those with minimal wine knowledge have heard about Tignanello, it’s one of Italy’s great brands. What most people don’t know is that the Antinori family owns 24 estates that span Italy, from the northern reaches of Lombardy to Puglia in the south.

Vivaat Vina Fina Wine Bar in Zagreb, Croatia invited us to a portfolio tasting of Antinori. The representative from Antinori brought wines from Castello Della Sala (Umbria), Villa Antinori (Tuscany), Tenuta Tignanello (Tuscany), Prunotto (Piedmont), Let Mortelle (Tuscany), Guado Al Tasso (Tuscany), and Tormaresca (Puglia).

Here are the wines that stood out.

  • Castello Della Sala, ‘Cervaro Della Sala’ 2017 – Umbria

The Castello Della Sala ‘Cervaro Della Sala’ was one of the first Italian Chardonnays aged in French barriques. The first vintage was in 1985 and this vintage has a touch of Grechetto in the blend. There’s lots of oak here, it’s a big white wine with notes of banana, melon, yellow peach. This wine is big and silky on the palate. The wood is present but does overpower the fruit. Score: 90/100

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  • Tenuta Tignanello, Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 – Tuscany

The Tenuta Tignanello Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is a polished wine, it’s basically a baby Tignanello. There are notes of sour cherry, red plum, mocha, pepper. The wine is full-bodied, dense and structured. The modern winemaking makes it approachable but the tannins are chewy and give it some potential to improve in the bottle. Score: 92/100

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  • Tenuta Tignanello, Tignanello 2016 – Tuscany

The Tenuta Tignanello, Tignanello is an Italian classic. This vintage is a tad more structured than the 2015. There are notes of dark raspberry, sour cherry, minerals, and mocha from the barrel. This beauty is full-bodied and rich with endless layers of flavors. Big, time chewy tannins guide the long finish. Score: 96/100

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  • Prunotto, ‘Bansella’ Nizza 2017 – Piedmont

Prunotto is an estate in Piedmont that is famous for its Barolos and Barbarescos. This Prunotto ‘Bansella’ Nizza is an overachieving Barbera from the Nizza Cru. It’s got a beautiful nose with dark cranberry, cherry, smoke, and pepper. It’s a big bodied Barbera with fine tannins. Drinkable now but like other wines from Nizza, this should age well. This wine is a steal, scoop it up by the case. Score: 92/100

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  • Tormaresca, ‘Bocca di Lupo’ Aglianico Castel del Monte 2012 – Puglia

Tormaresca is Antinori’s project in the deep south of Italy. The Tormaresca ‘Bocca di Lupo’ Castel del Monte Aglianico is one of the estate’s top red wines. It has an intriguing flavor profile of tar, black cherry, sage, cedar, and earth. Full-bodied with many layers of flavors, this is a Mediterranean red through and through. The smoky and long finish is guided by the grainy tannins. Score: 93+/100

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