Marchesi Antinori Tignanello 2009, the new vintage is here with great reviews!
The Antinori family has been making wine in Italy for 26 generations. The family's first encounter with wine dates back to 1385, when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Guild of Wine Merchants to make the best use of the family's country properties in Valdarno, around Florence.
In 1971, Piero Antinori created a revolution in Tuscany with the introduction of his flagship wine, Tignanello, and aided in the creation of the phrase "Super Tuscan" in reference to red wines made in Tuscany of non-native grapes. Tignanello really shook up the Italian wine industry, leading to far-reaching changes in rules and attitudes. Emboldened by the success of the 20% Bordeaux blend Tignanello, in 1978 Antinori launched the 80% Cabernet Solaia, from the neighboring vineyard.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 94
“The 2009 Tignanello is quite beautiful. Cedar, graphite, sweet herbs, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of highly expressive red fruits. The 2009 impresses for its energy, drive and focus…There is a silkiness and polish that is reminiscent of the 2004. Tignanello is 75% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from vineyards in San Casciano Val di Pesa, one of the most evocative hillsides in all of Italy.”