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Antinori Tignanello 2005

Tuscany, ItalyThe original Super-Tuscan, Tignanello is produced exclusively from the Tignanello vineyard, a 47 hectares (116 acres) southwest-facing vineyard that sits over calcareous rocky-marl and limestone with some tufaceous elements (a soft porous rock consisting of calcium carbonate deposited from springs rich in lime). The vineyard slope sits between 1,150 and 1,312 feet above sea level. The 2005 is just hitting its stride. The nose is fully developed with fine aromatics. Smoky red fruits and that stony mineral notes rings throughout the wine along with power and precision and a touch of spice. It is fair to say it’s a pretty wine a decade down the road versus a powerhouse Super Tuscan and that is a good thing. Tasted in a 2016 at a Tignanello vertical. Tignanello was the first sangiovese to be aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety, Cabernet, in the blend, and was among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes. Originally Tignanello was a Chianti Classico Riserva labeled Vigneto Tignanello. It was first made as a single vineyard wine in the 1970 vintage, when it contained 20% Canaiolo and 5% Trebbiano and Malvasia. In 1971 vintage the wine became a Vino da Tavola della Toscana and was named Tignanello after the vineyard from which it originates. That’s when Tignanello stopped adhering to the rules laid down by Chianti Classico Disciplinare, and with the 1975 vintage, white grapes were totally eliminated. Since the 1982 vintage, the blend has been 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tignanello was not produced in the 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984 and 1992 vintages.Tasted: 07 March 2016Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 96.00 specialty listing AB 90.00 fine wine shops ON 90.00 Vintages Essentials QC 95.00 QC 209.00 1500 ON 57.00 375 Vintages Producer: Marchesi AntinoriDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Halpern
Maison Maxxium Vins et Spiritueux
Blend: Sangiovese - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 705442UPC: 8001935124504