I had a very nice FRI evening with some friends and we had the chance to taste a well known wine from Italy.
Antinori is one of the most known wine producers in Italy and recently started a joint venture with Cramele Halewood in Romania at Dealu Mare producing Cantus Primus – a Cabernet based wine.
One of the original Super-Tuscan wines, Tignanello is produced exclusively from the famous vineyard, a 47 ha southwest facing, calcareous rocky marl and limestone plot, planted between 350-400 m above sea level at Antionori’s Santa Cristina estate.
Tignanello was originally a Chianti Classico Riserva called Vigneto Tignanello, but was first vinified as a single-vineyard wine in 1970, when it still contained the traditional Tuscan white grapes Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia. From the 1975 vintage, white grapes were totally eliminated. Tignanello is a blend of 20% Cabernet and 80% Sangiovese as opposed to Solaia which is a mirror image 80% Cabernet and 20% Sangiovese.
The wine was decanted for about 2 hours and drank over 2 hours. The 2005’s color is dark red with purple hues, still the color of a young wine. The nose is Bordeaux like with red and black berries, cassis, black pepper, cigar box, a hint of oak, some dry plums, chocolate evolving during the 2 hours more towards dark ripe fruits. The nose is sweet. The taste is lovely: a medium to full body, more full body, big and round tannins, big mouth feel with dark cherries, black pepper, spices, a great balance of acidity with a nice smooth and pleasing finish. The aftertaste is medium to long finishing spicy with dark chocolate. Very well structured and balanced, drinking nicely today.
It is a lovely wine but the price is pretty high. If you can spend around 60-70 EUR for a bottle of wine this is a very nice and approachable bottle already.