Made of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah, this fine Italian red was aged in French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels for 12 months, then in bottle for eight more. It is smooth, supple and elegant to drink. Always a crowd pleaser, the Antinori family is one of the oldest winemaking families (dynasties!) in the world, with over 600 years of winegrowing and winemaking. Villa Red was first made in 1928; with the 2001 vintage, Villa Antinori Rosso became an IGT Toscana wine, instead of a Chianti Classico, so that Antinori could create a blend as they saw fit. All of the grapes in Villa Antinori Rosso come exclusively from Antinori's estate-owned vineyards. The Sangiovese is from Chianti Classico and Montalcino, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Bolgheri and the Syrah from Cortona. The wine is made with de-stemmed grapes and part of the blend is aged in French, American and Hungarian oak barriques for 12 months.
Wine EnthusiastPolished and savory, this smooth red has aromas of dark-skinned berry, fragrant blue flower and baking spice. The sleek palate offers juicy Marasca cherry, star anise and a hint of espresso alongside glossy tannins and fresh acidity.
Wine SpectatorLush, juicy fruit introduces this polished red, displaying cherry, strawberry and earth flavors, with a light touch of oak. Firm, pliable tannins guard the moderately long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now through 2023. 80,000 cases made.