The Antinori family dates their family line in Italy to the early 13th century. The family were initially members of the Guild of Silk Weavers in 1285. Then, in 1385, an Antinori joined the Guild of Wine Merchants. Today, Marchesi Antinori is a wine empire. They produce wines from Tuscany and Umbria, and have formed joint ventures with other wineries in the United States, Chile, Hungary, Malta, Romania, and Italy.
The 2008 Antinori Tignanello was a red blend, comprised of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes were sourced from the Tignanello and Solaia vineyards, 30 kilometers south of Florence in the Tuscany region of Italy. The wine was aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels (60% new, 40% second vintage) for 12 months, and spent an additional 12 months aging in the bottle prior to release. The label listed ABV was 13.5%. The wine carried an IGT classification. There were 335,000 bottles of this vintage produced.
Tignanello was one of the Super Tuscan pioneers. Today, it is one of the more widely recognized names in the Super Tuscan universe. I had not tasted the wine for some time. Given my recent comments on Sapaio, Argiano Solengo, and Sassicaia (my favorite), I thought it time to turn my attention to Tignanello.
Prior to tasting, the wine spent 1 hour in a decanter.
The aromas from this wine were tremendous. Red berries, black fruit, pepper, and vanilla were all noticeably present. They were all direct and fragrant, yet combined and enticing.
There were a multitude of cohesive flavors on the palate. Plum, smoked ham, caramel, pepper, and vanilla were accompanied by soft tannins. The wine was well-made and delicious. It opened up even more into the third hour becoming smoother and more combined, if that is possible.
The wine had a super long finish, with vanilla and caramel lingering on it.
This was one of those wines that you could pair with almost anything. Tomato- or cream-based pasta dishes would go great. Most meat dishes would be a fit as well. My meal consisted of an arugula salad with black olives and balsamic vinaigrette, followed by chicken fajitas. The wine was a great match.
The 2008 Antinori Tignanello retails between $60 and $80. I paid $72 for it. At the $60 level, you’re getting a great deal. This was an excellent wine that I would definitely drink again.