Tasting Note: Antinori 2001 Tignanello

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1. Introduction:
Antinori was the first winery to produce a wine in a style that should become famous as “Supertuscan” later.
They were the first to make a Chianti Classico from a single vineyard back in 1970, without white varietals in the blend and that was aged in barrique barrels.
Due to regulations, they had to label it as a “Vino da Tavola” (simple table wine).
It was 100% Sangiovese until they added Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to the blend – starting with the 1978 vintage.
The south-east facing 47ha (116acres) Tignanello vineyard with its limestone and volcanic tuff soils is located right behind the winery below the winery´s other famous vineyard- Solaia.
2001 represents an exceptional year with an early bud break followed by normal, warm weather conditions with some showers responsible for optimum flowering and ripening, which resulted in great fruit; especially the Sangiovese grape was deep-colored and rich in tannin.
The 2001 Tignanello is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Bottle and cork flawless. 13,5% alc.

2. Appearance:
Deep dark velvet with black core.
Very dense and vital!

3. Nose:
Ripe, Black Fruit with Black Cherry, Cassis and Blackberry. Raisin and Fruit in Rum.
Present Oak influence with Sweet Vanilla. Tobacco, New Leather and Earthy Characters.
Some Licorice and decent traces of Green Pepper.
Bold fruit and intense aromatics in a round, inviting package!

4. Taste:
More Rich and Ripe Dark Fruit Characters; mostly Black Cherries and Cassis. Some Raisin.
Earthy Notes and Beautiful Licorice!
Dynamic Spiciness with Oak and Vanilla traces.
Finishes smooth, long and warm with creamy texture and finely-grained tannins.
Rich, but beautifully soft, harmonious and balanced!

5. Opinion:
A perfect exemplar of an iron fist in a velvet glove:
Powerful on nose and palate, but perfectly smooth, balanced and harmonious.
Fantastic wine, which is still young and full of potential.
Keep and forget it in your cellar for at least five more years 🙂