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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello 2020

Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello 2020

Mix 12
£42.00
Mix 6
£44.00
Per Bottle
£46.00
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello 2020
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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello 2020 Overview

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Tignanello was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first contemporary red wine blended with untraditional varieties, specifically Cabernet and one of the first red wines in the Chianti Classico region that didn’t use white grapes. Tignanello is a milestone and set the trend for many other "super tuscans" that followed. It’s produced with a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Vinification: Upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed, gently crushed; the must was transferred into stainless steel tanks, where alcoholic fermentation occurred in about one week’s time. Very gentle pump overs and délestage techniques were performed during maceration on the skins for an intense extraction while preserving elegant and supple tannins. Malolactic fermentation, which took place spontaneously, was completed by the end of the year. The wine was then blended and went into French and Hungarian oak barriques for approximately one year. Marchese Antinori Riserva was then bottled and given a further twelve-month period of bottle aging before being released.

Weather: The 2020 growing season in Chianti Classico began with mild, dry winter weather. Only in the last half of March did the area experience a short cold spell. These climatic conditions prompted early budbreak in the vineyards. Spring brought average rainfall and cool temperatures. The summer months were hot but were undisturbed by extreme heat events. Intermittent rain showers provided the grape clusters with perfect growing conditions. The month of September, when harvesting operations got underway, was defined by light rainfall especially towards the end of the month ensuring the grapes reached complete phenolic maturity. The grape harvest began around September 20th with Sangiovese and was completed on October 9th with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Technical Information:
Grape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14%
Production: 164,000

Tasting Note: Expressive on the nose with fresh notes of red fruit that lead over to floral hints of mallow and lavender. The rich bouquet is accented by sweet notes of white chocolate that give rise to piquant spicy aromas. Entry on the palate is smooth and mouth filling, followed by elegant flavors with vibrant tannins that express the typical energy of the vineyards of origin. The finish is long, flavorful, and persistent echoing notes of white pepper, cocoa powder, and flowers.
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Expert Reviews
92/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori, all from the Tignanello estate, is packed with black cherry, spice, new leather, licorice and dried flowers. A dollop of Merlot adds plush contours, but this is a pretty pushed style, that works well here. Ideally, though, it would be nice to see more Sangiovese and Tignanello character. ”
93/100
Falstaff
“Dark luminous ruby red. Fragrant on the nose with notes of new oak, subtle hints of cherry, a touch of coconut, light vanilla and raspberry. On the palate an elegant and woody style, harmonious, still a bit young with good development potential. ”
93/100
Jeb Dunnuck
“Produced from vines of the Tenuta Tignanello estate, the 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva offers a flashier and riper style with notes of Marasca cherry liqueur, polished leather, toasted vanilla bean, and licorice candy. It is full bodied without being heavy and is rich with plum, cedar, sage, and potting soil. Raised in a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels for approximately one year, the oak imprint is certainly felt but is very well managed, and the wine wears it well.”
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