Gleaming, broad-shouldered, and stylish, the ’15 Tignanello is a sweeping epic of a wine--indeed, this release may be the finest since the legendary 1997. Smoky incense, exotic wood, pressed violet petals, and warm earth frame the juicy red and blue fruits in this majestic Tig bottling. This full-bodied wine glides with impressive power, but for all its swagger, the ’15 Tignanello unfolds with tremendous detail. Reflecting its warm yet balanced year, the ’15 Tig gives Super-Tuscan fans an ideal combination of accessibility and longevity. An ideal blend of mostly Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc, Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing vineyard of limestone-rich soils; Antinori separately ferments each plot in temperature-controlled stainless steel, ages each plot’s wine in barrels, some new and some used, for about a year, and only then makes the final blend.
Tignanello is one of the wines most closely related to the path of experimentation in viticulture and enology started by Marchesi Antinori in the late '70s. The Tignanello Estate, home to the renowned vineyards that give life to the production of the homonymous wine, is located between the valleys of Greve and Pesa, in the Chianti Classico area, exactly between the small villages of Montefiridolfi and Santa Maria a Macerata, 30 km south of Florence. Here, on top of a hill characterized by a wonderful scenic location and a generous vegetation, is located the sixteenth-century manor house built on the foundations of an estate dating back to 1346, surrounded by nearly 127 hectares of vineyards, 47 of which are dedicated to the production of Tignanello. The idea at the basis of Tignanello moves from a research to obtain grapes with a greater concentration and soft tannins, thanks to interventions on the density of planting or through the practice of pruning and the selection of Sangiovese. In the wine-cellar the guidelines are directed towards producing a wine with a definite personality, through fermentation in wooden vats, soft pressing movements of the grapes, with malolactic fermentation carried out in barrels. The result is the Antinori's Tignanello, characterized by many innovative primates in comparison with the tradition of this wine-growing area: being the first Sangiovese to be aged in barrels, the first red wine assembled with non-local varieties such as Cabernet and among the first red wines in Chianti not including a blend with white grapes, Tignanello is a spokesman for the modern Tuscan viticulture, produced exclusively in the best years and able to base its reputation on an absolute longevity for the great tastings of tomorrow.Sku: LQ504248