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 AdvocateWith more than three million bottles produced, the 2015 Villa Antinori is easy to find, affordable and easy drinking. Fruit comes from various parts of Tuscany (not one specific zone), and the blend is mostly Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot thrown in. A fraction of the wine is aged in new oak, and the rest is put into neutral barrel. What more can you say? This is precisely the kind of wine you'll want to pick up for outdoor barbecues or pizza night in front of the television. It offers freshness with abundant sweet fruit.