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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

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TASTING NOTES
The Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva shows an intense ruby red color. On the nose, notes of ripe red fruit fuse with hints of vanilla and spices. The palate is ample, enveloping and balanced, but also deep and savory with supple and silky tannins. A wine of real character, with an excellent territorial identity, further characterized by a long and persistent finish and aftertaste.

FOOD PARING
Chianti pairs brilliantly with tomato sauces, pizza and pasta bakes such as lasagne but it’s also a great wine with a simple grill or roast or even a burger.

PRODUCER 
The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. All throughout its history, twenty-six generations long, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment.

Each vintage, each plot of land, each new idea to be advanced is a new beginning, a new pursuit for achieving higher quality standards. As Marchese Piero loves to say: “Ancient family roots play an important part in our philosophy but they have never hindered our innovative spirit.”

VINEYARD
The Tenuta Tignanello estate is in the heart of Chianti Classico, in the gently rolling hillsides between the Greve and Pesa river valleys. It extends over an area of 319 hectares (788 acres), of which about 130 (321 acres) are dedicated to vines. Two of the estate’s prized vineyards are on the same hillside, Tignanello and Solaia, on soils that originated from marine marlstone from the Pliocene period rich in limestone and schist.

CLIMATE 
After an autumn and winter which were, on the whole, mild in their temperatures and with little rainfall, the spring of the year 2016 in the Chianti Classico production zone began with fine weather which led to a precocious bud break, approximately ten days earlier than normal seasonal averages. The month of May and the first half of June, instead, saw frequent rainstorms and rather cool temperatures, factors which did not, however, influence in any significant way the phases of flowering and bud set. The summer, up until the end of August, was a warm one, dry as well, and without peak temperatures, excellent conditions for maintaining an ideal balance between vegetative growth and production of grapes and guaranteed a constant growth and ripening of the crop. The harvest period was a normal one, with occasional rains which alternated with periods of sunshine and breezes which assured a high level ripening process for all of the grape varieties cultivated on the estate. The harvest began during the last ten days of September and finished around October 10th.

VINEYARD
Upon arriving in the cellars, the grapes were given a soft destemming and pressing and the must transferred into stainless steel tanks, where it fermented for approximately a week, The overall period of skin contact was managed with soft techniques in order to extract intensely but, at the same time, maintain elegance and suppleness in the tannins. At the end of the malolactic fermentation, which took place spontaneously and was completed by the end of the year, the blended wine went through a year-long period of aging in French and Hungarian small oak barrels. The Marchese Antinori Riserva was then bottled and given a further twelve month period of bottle aging before commercial release.

HISTORY
The Tignanello estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico production zone, nestled between the valleys of the Greve and Pesa rivers, and extends over close to 800 total acres (319 hectares), some 130 of which (415 hectares) are planted to vines. The vineyards consist principally of the native Sangiovese grape along with such non-traditional varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The Marchese Antinori is an historic wine of the Antinori cellars which, since 2011, is produced from the grapes of the Tignanello estate. It is a wine which presents itself as the full expression of the quality and elegance of the Sangiovese of this part of Tuscany. 

PRESS AND AWARDS 
James Suckling 93/100 USA

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