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.
Bolgheri is located in the town of Castagneto Carducci in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is home to several wineries, including Podere Sapaio. Podere Sapaio produces two red wines and olive oil.
The 2008 Podere Sapaio Superiore was a red blend, composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months aging in oak barriques, and then an additional 12 months in the bottle, prior to release. The label listed ABV was 14.5%. The Italian classification was DOC. There were 2,500 cases of this vintage produced.
There are a number of Super Tuscans that rank among my favorite wines to drink. As I was looking over the wine list at Undici in Rumson, NJ (They have over 600 wines, solely from Italy. Check out the list under “Menu” on their website. It is pretty impressive.), I came upon the 2008 Podere Sapaio. Knowing the region, but not the wine, I decided to give it a try.
Given my success with other Bolgheri wines, I had high hopes for this bottle.
Located in the town of Bolgheri, in the Tuscany region of Italy, Tenuta San Guido produces three red wines. Sassicaia is their premier wine, followed by Guidalberto, and Le Difese. Each wine is produced using different varietal blends and aging processes. Tenuta San Guido was one of the pioneers of employing Bordeaux-like production techniques within Tuscany. Sassicaia is a classic representation of this non-traditional Italian style of winemaking.
The 2007 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia was 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in French oak barriques (1/3 new, 2/3 old) for 24 months, followed by an additional 12 months of aging in the bottle. ABV for the wine was labeled at 13.5%. The wine carried a DOC designation.
I had recently sampled the 2009 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto with positive results, which you can read about here. I had first tasted the 2007 Sassicaia during 2011, before this blog had begun, but had no substantive notes on the event. While recently dining at Highlawn Pavillion in West Orange, NJ, I had the good fortune to find the ’07 on the wine list.
I recalled the 2007 being a good bottle, but this time around it was completely different.
To use a highly technical term, frequently employed by wine bloggers, this wine was wow!
Argiano is located in the city of Montalcino in the Tuscany section of Italy.
The winery’s product line includes a Brunello di Montalcino, several red blends, a Rosso di Montalcino, a rosato wine, and grappa.
The 2006 Argiano Solengo was a red blend, utilizing 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petit Verdot, 15% Merlot, and 15% Syrah. The wine spent 15 to 17 months aging in new French oak barrels. The label listed ABV was 14.5%. Its classification was IGT.
Solengo is a Tuscan word meaning “lone wild boar” (trivia fact o’ the day). The name was also used by Brian Hunter for his hedge fund after he blew up the multi-billion dollar Amaranth hedge fund (bonus trivia fact o’ the day).
I first enjoyed this wine at a restaurant during the summer of 2011. I was pleased to find it at our local Wine Sellers and promptly procured several bottles.
Tenuta San Guido is located in the town of Bolgheri in the province of Livorno in the Tuscany region of Italy.
The winery is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in the production of Super Tuscan blends. They produce three red wines, utilizing several varietals and different blends. The wines, from most expensive to least, are Sassicaia, their premier red blend, Guidalberto, and Le Difese.
The 2009 San Guido Guidalberto is a red blend, composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 10% Sangiovese. The wine was aged in French and American oak barriques for 12 months, followed by an additional 3 months in the bottle. The wine had an IGT classification. The label listed ABV was 14%.
I had previously enjoyed the 2008 vintage of Guidalberto. After tasting the 2009 version, I can unabashedly attest this wine has become one of my favorites.
I first reviewed the 2007 Terrabianca Campaccio (Black Foil) a week ago. You can read my comments on the wine and about the foil controversy here.
I emailed the winery and received a prompt response on the foil issue. They denied any difference in the wine (would they say otherwise?) in their email reply.
Tonight, I sampled the 2007 Terrabianca Campaccio (Red Foil), and my results lend some credence to those who think there are two versions of this vintage.
Campaccio is a SuperTuscan made by Terrabianca in Tuscany, Italy.
This wine is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
It was aged for 12 months in French and American oak barriques, before being aged an additional year in the bottle.
I first found this wine in a hotel restaurant in Florida several years ago (lucky me!). It was good then and it is good now.
The wine appeared on Wine Spectators Top 100 wines of 2011. It’s appearance on the list has resulted in a bit of controversy.