2007 Antinori Tignanello
Tignanello is produced from a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It broke new ground in Tuscany during the mid 1970’s and early 1980’s being first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first modern styled red wine blended with non-traditional varieties like Cabernet, and one of the first red wines in Chianti not to use white grapes.
Opaque black dark crimson red colour with very deep dark red hue. The nose displays wonderful perfumed aromatics. Lifted aromas of violets, black cherries, dark plum and blackcurrant followed by some spice and a touch of earthy cedar as an end note. Excellent intensity. Medium to full bodied, the palate boasts outstanding concentration with quite generous levels of fruit that are held in check by a slightly dryish but perfectly balanced tannin structure. Flavours of ripe black cherries, blackcurrant, spice and cedar are followed by earthy leather like characters on the back palate with a dry finish. Superb length with very long aftertaste of black cherries, blackcurrant, spice and earthy leather.
Cellar 5-8 years (2015-2018)
Antinori’s 2007 Tignanello is wonderfully ripe and seductive in its dark cherries, flowers, spices, tobacco, sage, cedar, mint and minerals. This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted but there is just enough acidity and structure from the Sangiovese to keep things from going over the top. The wine’s richness and warmth are such that in a blind tasting I mistook the 2007 Tignanello for a wine from Maremma! The dense, muscular fruit follows through to an impeccable finish with no hard edges and impossibly fine, silky tannins. Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027.
Antonio Galloni – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
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