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2005 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva and 2007 Simonsig Chenin Blanc

I had the chance to watch the World Cup 2010 final game together with some very good friends. This was a case for a certain celebration, not just the World Cup game, so the night was accompanied by excellent home cooked food and good wines.

2007 Simonsig Chenin Blanc

I made no mistake by choosing this South African wine for this particular dinner, as my intention was to feel the African soil even if I was far away.

The wine has a beautiful gold clear color. The nose shows honey, herbs, minerals and cream. In the mouth the wine is vibrant, medium body with nice acidity, lime, spicy and some residual sugar showing a discreet sweetness. The wine has a pleasant medium fruity and spicy aftertaste. The 2007 already shows some signs of flabbiness so it should be drunk now.  Good+ to Very good


A nice value wine considering the under 5 EUR price I paid for it.  Would buy more recent vintages for sure.

2005 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

I didn’t have any high expectations from this wine as Antinori is a mass(massive is actually a correct term after being shown some statistics and reading more; my bad) producer but after 2 h decanting the wine surprised me pleasantly quite a bit. I received this wine as a gift so I do not know what is the actual price of this bottle. The wine spent 14 months in small oak barrels and an additional 12 months in the bottle before being released.

The wine has a dark red/purple opaque color. The nose is complex with dark ripe sour cherry, cassis, hints of oak, earth, dark chocolate and spices, very nicely balanced. Everything is dark about the nose and very intriguing. In the mouth the wine is full body with lots of dark fruits, black currant, dark chocolate, very Bordeaux style, black pepper and finishes in a medium plus aftertaste with certain pleasant bitterness of dark sour cherry, dark chocolate and tea leaf.Very good+ to Excellent

A very nice and solid wine that cuts well through the richness of the meal: funghi porcini with garlic and parsley, yellow mushrooms cooked in butter and Chateaubriand.

A very entertaining evening overall.

Thanks for reading!

Categories: Italy, South Africa
  1. Dan Muntean
    July 14, 2010 at 00:22

    George, mon cher, my brother…Antinori is a mass producer? Their Tignanello and Solaia are among the very few Italian wines quoted in Decanter, etc. as investment material…

    And why are we talking in English?

    In rest, de acord cu toate celelalte comentarii – interesante, vii, pertinente.

    Glad you enjoyed the wines, that’s the most important thing, keep up the good work!

    Cu stima, Dan

    • July 14, 2010 at 00:58

      Draga Dan,

      Apreciez f mult o replica din partea importatorului si multumesc pentru complimente.

      In primul rand numele meu nu este George, ci Cosmin.

      Blogul este in engleza deoarece doresc sa comunic si cu persoane nevorbitoare de limba romana. Din pacate romana nu este inca o limba de circulatie internationala.

      Nu contest calitatea si statutul vinurilor Tignanello si Solaia, din contra le apreciez f mult de cate ori am ocazia sa le beau. Nu m-am referit la ele in mod special cand am zis “mass producer”. Dar de curiozitate cate sticle produce anual casa Antinori in total din toate viile pe care le coordoneaza ? Cred ca aceasta statistica nu califica acest producator ca fiind un simplu producator cu o productie limitata, nu ?

      In rest, din nou, apreciez comentariul si te invit si pe viitor sa postezi si alte comentarii. Cred cu fermitate ca feedback-ul constructiv cu argumente ne ajuta sa progresam.

      Cu respect,
      Cosmin

      • Dan Muntean
        July 14, 2010 at 01:36

        Draga Cosmin,

        Te asigur, confuzia cu numele a fost de fapt o intentie la o gluma…nu conteaza…scuze..

        De acord cu ideea ca ar fi bine sa fim intelesi si de nevorbitorii de romana, sint cu totul de partea ta in acest demers; – why are we talkning in English – era un colocvialism…si mi se adresa mie, nu tie!

        Cei de la Antinori (multumita ideei de mai sus)pot participa si ei la dezbaterea acestui punct: ce este un mass producer? Antinori sint pe locul trei in topul producatorilor de vinuri din Italia…dar ca valoare a vinzarilor! Ca volum sint probabil pe locul13…Nici unul din vinurile lor nu se vinde cu mai putin de 8-10 Euro…
        Si cum spunea un alt membru al Primum Familiae Vini, Johnny Hugel (a trecut in nefiinta anul trecut): un producator trebuie judecat dupa cel mai ieftin vin pe care il produce nu dupa cel mai scump! Sint sigur ca Alfred va fi de acord cu mine si iti va trimite o sticla de Vila Antinori ca sa te convinga!

        Toate cele bune!

        Dan

  2. July 14, 2010 at 11:28

    Draga Dan,

    Apreciez punctul de vedere ca un producator trebuie judecat dupa cel mai ieftin vin pe care-l produce si sunt 100% de acord cu asta.

    Nu am stiut ca Antinori este al-3-lea producator din Italia ca valoare si al-13-lea ca volum. Afirmatia mea de mass producer vine din perspectiva mea asupra ceea ce caut de obicei la un producator cand vreau sa cumpar un vin. De obicei ma uit dupa producatori care fac sub 100.000 de sticle sau cel mult 150-200.000 sticle total. Ideea mea este ca in aceste conditii un producator are mai multa grija de ce se intampla in tot procesul producerii vinului si produsul final este teoretic mai calitativ. Nu stiu daca este sau nu o perspectiva corecta, este o chestiune disctutabila. La fel prefer sa achizitionez vinuri care se fac in cantitati de 10-20.000 sticle.

    Exista argumente pro si contra asupra calitatii si cantitatii. Cel mai bun exemplu ar fi consistenta Chateau-rilor din Bordeaux care produc cate 200-300.000 de sticle anual cu aceeasi calitate.

    Cred ca ar fi mai mult de discutat si probabil cel mai bine ar fi la un pahar de vin. Poate in viitor vom avea posibilitatea de a ne cunoaste in persoana.

    Cel mai important este ca pana in acest moment, vinurile pe care le-am baut de la Antinori: Tignanello 2005, Solaia 2000, Antica 2006 si Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 mi-au placut toate foarte mult si acest producator continua sa ma surprinda cu consistenta calitatii produse. Inclusiv noul Cantus Primus lansat imi place desi momentan e putin cam agresiv pt gustul meu.

    Cu respect,
    Cosmin

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