Antinori is Italy's single best-known wine producer, and rightfully so, with over 800 years of history making fine wine. Today, the Antinori's own more than ten estates throughout Italy...
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Very full ruby-garnet, dark and deep. Ample in aroma, with sweet cassis fruit, light accents of sage and rosemary, chocolate and roasted coffee from the oak, and some alcoholic warmth. Dense, round and velvety on the palate, with expanding flavors. Finishes with important tannic strength and impressive weight and force. The fusion of the sangiovese and cabernet components of this wine is more accomplished than in past vintages.
95 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
I just tried my first of a 6 pack of the 1997. Now, I purchased these bottles in Italy, so there were no sulfites (and wines bought in Italy and France always seem to tast better than the same vintage purchased in the States).
Great blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese - it has the tannins and stregnth of a CAb, but the Sangiovese does a great job on the mose and softening that first sip. This is a fantastic wine that will only get better with age. Long hints of currants, blackberry on the palate....it finishes spectacularly well. Great wine!!!
Long, wonderful after-taste
Still has a rough middle edge that might be gone before 2003. Will go wonderfully with anything Italian. I now think that one cannot go wrong with any Antinori wine. I couldn't get any of the#1 rated Solaia. It must really be something because this 97 Tignanelo is spectacular.
Tasted November 2004 from magnum. Showed great intregration of Sangiovese and Cabernet aromas and flavours. Long, tight, with medium to high intensity. Very clean - showing none of the bretty characters I noticed in the 1999 vintage.
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Very elegant, almost a sleeper, showing tight oak characters,currant fruits from the Cabernet and rich kitchen spices of the Sangiovese. Not yet! It'll for sure be rewarding in another 5 years.
I found the 2 bottles I tried disappointing..I am a big Tignanello fan so it really took the wind out of my sails..I have a few bottles left hoping that time will make a difference..
I JUST TRIED MY FIRST OF 47 BOTTLES OF THIS AND I DON'T THINK IT'S THAT GREAT. TASTED ON JAN. 14,2002 OVER 6 HOURS IN A LARGE RIEDEL GLASS. WILL TRY AGAIN IN 6 MONTHS. HOPE IT IMPROVES.
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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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