Vintage : 2017
Region : Toscana
Intenselyrubyred in color, Tignanello 2017 is remarkable on the nose for its complexity. Notes of ripe red fruits such as cherries preserved in spirits, sour cherries, raspberriesand plums complement delicate spicyaromas of clovesand licorice; sweet balsamic notes of mintand chocolate complete its complex bouquet. On the palate it is rich, mouth-filling and vibrant with supple velvetytannins. Its lengthyfinish and persistentaftertaste bring back aromatic notes perceived on the nose.
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. The vines enjoy hot temperatures during the day and cooler evenings throughout the growing season. The estate’s two signature wines, Solaia and Tignanello, are produced from these vineyards and have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture”. According to Marchesi Antinori, Solaia and Tignanello are an ongoing challenge and a never-ending passion. The Tignanello estate has vineyards of indigenous Sangiovese grapes as well as some other untraditional varieties such as Cabernet Franc.
Tignanello was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first contemporary red wine blended with untraditional varieties (specifically Cabernet) and one of the first red wines in the Chianti Classico region that didn’t use white grapes. Tignanello is a milestone. It’s produced with a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
The 2017 vintage will be remembered for its unusual progression of the seasons. Onlythe month of January registered cold temperatures while the rest of winter was mild prompting early bud break in the vineyards. A cold spellat the end of April broughtaslight drop in production. From May throughout the entire month of August, the Chianti Classico region enjoyed hot dry weather with dailytemperatures reaching over 30 °C (86 °F). Rain showers during the month of September counterbalanced summertime vine stressand provided favorable conditions for optimal grape maturation. Grapes were harvested from September 20 th to October 6 th
97 points Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of cassis, menthol, blue flower and pipe tobacco shape the nose on this gorgeous red. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the delicious, elegantly structured palate delivers dried black cherry, ripe blackberry, licorice and vanilla framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. *Cellar Selection* (KO) (6/2021)