Tignanello; if you are unfamiliar with the name all you need to know is that this was the very first Super Tuscan created in 1970, by Antinori. The term Super Tuscan was formed out of Italian vintner frustration as winemakers wanted to experiment with blending nontraditional grapes in their Chianti making process. Wine laws in Italy however, were stringent and not bending to lend accredited designations to wines made in this way. As a result, winemakers came up with the term Super Tuscan and started to blend grapes such as Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with their Sangiovese. Today’s wine, Tignanello Sangiovese Blend 2013, is a blend of Sangiovese 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, and Cabernet Franc 5% and is truly a part of wine history.
The Antinori name has played a long role in the history of wine and winemaking, starting in 1184 when Rinuccio di Antinoro produced wine at Castello di Combiate. The Antinori name is more known because of the actions of Piero Antinori when he championed the Super Tuscan movement in the Chianti Classico wine region of Tuscany. From there, he released the first Super Tuscan ever made, Tignanello in 1970 and only 20,000 cases were produced.
With over 26 generations of wine making in the Antinori family, it’s repertoire has grown to not only include Chianti and this stunning Super Tuscan, it produces notable a Chardonnay and Grechetto blend, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Hands down however, the Tignanello is the most demanding in the winery:
The winemaking process for Tignanello, especially for Sangiovese, requires an incredibly fine-tuned level of extraction,” explains Cotarella. “Sangiovese is a very vibrant variety, but careful management is needed to ensure tannin and acidity levels are not too aggressive. Meticulous berry selection is essential, as is using a punch-down method of fermentation, in small tanks of not more than 14 tons. Then, we age the wine in oak for at least 16 months. Typically, 50 percent of the barrels are new; we use predominately French oak, although a small minority of our barrels come from Hungary.
Tignanello Sangiovese Blend 2013
On colour, the Tignanello Sangiovese Blend 2013 holds a dark ruby hue. On the nose, red berries (primarily strawberry), vanilla and chocolate are noted. On the palate, plum, fig, green pepper, oregano, and slight strawberry among refined tannins and a touch of acidity are noted. Now I chose to indulge in my bottle of Tignanello Sangiovese Blend 2013 while it was still young, but this beauty could easily be aged for 12 years plus.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $105.95
We gave this wine a 4.75 out of 5