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  • Country ranking ?

    538
  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

Tignanello is produced exclusively from the vineyard of the same name, a parcel of some 140 acres (57 hectares) with limestone-rich soils and a southwestern exposure at 1150-1325 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level at the Tignanello estate. It was the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in small oak barrels, the first modern rd wine to use such non-traditional varieties as Cabernet in the blend, and among the first red wines from the Chianti Classico area to be produced without white grapes.

 

The wine, originally called "Chianti Classico Riserva vigneto Tignanello" (a Chianti Classico Riserva from the Tignanello vineyard), was produced for the first time from a single vineyard parcel in 1970, when the blend contained 20% of Canaiolo and 5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia, both white grapes., and the wine aged in small oak barrels. In 1971 it became a Tuscan red table wine rather than a Chianti Classico, and was called Tignanello; in the 1975 vintage the white grapes were totally eliminated from the blend. Ever since 1982, the blend has been the one currently used. Tignanello is bottled only in favorable vintages, and was not produced in 1972, 1973,1974, 1976, 1984, 1992, and 2002.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium and Ruby red

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Cherry, Plum, Voluptuous, Toasty and Cigar-box

nose

Youthful, Complex and Refined

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Focused, Elegant, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Tignanello has this amazing ability of always being, well, Tignanello. Its very DNA makes it among the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. I'm happy to report that this is also the case for the 2014 Tignanello that faced very different growing conditions compared to most. The wine is beautiful and balanced with sweet tannins and a supporting oak texture that is neatly folded at the back. The wine is all about measure and proportion, and it aspires to these goals with an impressive sense of natural harmony. This is not an overtly powerful or muscular expression. Instead, it shows a tasty, almost savory form of elegance. This vintage was made with 75% Sangiovese, which means that the Cabernet presence is a tad bigger than normal. Ultimately, this wine is more finessed and delicate, and I appreciate the careful tannic management on display here.

If you could see the vineyards of Chianti Classico from space, I’m sure the Tignanello vineyard would be the easiest to spot. Each row has been painstakingly covered with bright white stones along the entire length of each trellis line. Large Alberese limestone rocks were crushed with a cement grinder to make smaller pebbles. The rocks glow with silver luminosity when hit by the Tuscan sunshine. The ambitious project to cover this celebrated vineyard with white stones was completed some 15 years ago and I dare not think at what cost. But the benefits gained from this unique growing system are undisputed. Like the Galet stones of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, these white rocks reflect light back up onto the clusters for even ripening at 450 meters above sea level. The rocks’ whiteness helps to reduce nighttime temperatures, because most of the heat is reflected off the stones during the day. This means the canopy can remain relatively low, or at a height that is easier to manage during harvest. Fresh nighttime temperatures keep the soils cool and the environment relatively disease-free. The Marchesi Antinori General Manager, Renzo Cotarella, tells me you can actually see the color difference in the grapes harvested from the white rock rows. Throughout winemaking, that fruit is always darker and the tannins are sweeter, he says. The white stones also facilitate rainwater drainage and erosion. This was a very important benefit in the 2014 vintage that saw soggy and wet conditions throughout much of the summer.

  • 93p

Lovely Tig in such young age - intense fruit, vivid acidity and refined supple tannins.

  • 93p

The wine is beautiful and balanced with sweet tannins and a supporting oak texture that is neatly folded at the back. The wine is all about measure and proportion, and it aspires to these goals with an impressive sense of natural harmony. This is not an overtly powerful or muscular expression. Instead, it shows a tasty, almost savory form of elegance. This vintage was made with 75% Sangiovese, which means that the Cabernet presence is a tad bigger than normal.

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Origin

Florence, Tuscany

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