Antinori Tignanello 2014 1.5L
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Since 1982 the composition has remained the same with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Look for a very intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, the wine is suavely convincing in its aromas and harmonious in its expression of the characteristics of Chianti Classico as a zone. The nose is redolent of licorice, violets, and cherries under spirits together with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and sweet toasty oak, all of excellent intensity and sweet elegance. Fresh and savory flavors on the persistent finish and aftertaste add length and a convincing finesse.
James Suckling"Really pretty aromas of currants and roses follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Very well done for 2014 and a wonderful Tignanello to drink now or later. Better in 2019." 02/17
Wine SpectatorA black currant thread winds through this dense, muscular red, with cherry, leather, earth, iron and mineral flavors. Firm and fleshy, with fine balance and a long, expansive finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2020 through 2033. 5,000 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateTignanello has this amazing ability of always being, well, Tignanello. Its very DNA makes it among the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. I'm happy to report that this is also the case for the 2014 Tignanello that faced very different growing conditions compared to most. The wine is beautiful and balanced with sweet tannins and a supporting oak texture that is neatly folded at the back. The wine is all about measure and proportion, and it aspires to these goals with an impressive sense of natural harmony. This is not an overtly powerful or muscular expression. Instead, it shows a tasty, almost savory form of elegance. This vintage was made with 75% Sangiovese, which means that the Cabernet presence is a tad bigger than normal. Ultimately, this wine is more finessed and delicate, and I appreciate the careful tannic management on display here.