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Tignanello 2005

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.

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  1. Roaming
    September 8, 2010 at 14:35

    Hi Cosmin, thanks for sharing the tasting esperience, very useful indeed, as I had been wondering if be good idea to open up my Tignanello 2005 on my birthday next month ,or should wait till next year (2011 is end of my patience). Do you think by 2011 it will evolve even better?

    • September 8, 2010 at 14:51

      Dear Lynette,

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I think that Tignanello 2005 is already drinking well and should be a nice treat for your coming celebration. I do not think that waiting 1 more year would make such a big difference compared to waiting for 5 years. Plus 2005 vintage was not particular excellent as the 2004 so that you’ll have to wait until the tannins become more mellow: it is already very approachable. My advice would be to open it, decant it for 1 h and enjoy it. The tannins are not harsh and I am pretty sure you’ll love the wine.

      Feel free to post your tasting experience here after you drank it. 🙂


  2. Roaming
    September 15, 2010 at 13:37

    Indeed, for 2004 I’d hold out as long as I can, but 2005 vintage had me bit worried if I’d wait too long and miss the peak, so, thanks again for the very precise and useful tasting notes, Cosmin! Will let you know how it turns out (well,as Taiwan is in the subtropic, room temperature even with aircon, tend to be on the high side compare to Europe, so that can be influencing factor too) , Cheers!

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