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Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Sangiovese and other complementary grape varieties
The 2018 vintage will be remembered for its unusual progression of the seasons. Only the month of January registered cold temperatures while the rest of winter was mild prompting early bud break in the vineyards. A cold spell at the end of April brought a slight drop in production. From May throughout the entire month of August, the Chianti Classico region enjoyed hot dry weather with daily temperatures reaching over 30 °C (86 °F). Rain showers during the month of September counterbalanced summertime vine stress and provided favorable conditions for optimal grape maturation. Grapes were harvested from September 15th to the first week of October.
Fermentation and aging
Upon arrival in the cellars, the grapes were destemmed, gently pressed and the must was transferred into stainless steel tanks, where alcoholic fermentation occurred in about one week’s time. The wine was left in contact with the skins and gentle pump overs and délestage were performed for an intense extraction while preserving elegant and supple tannins. Malolactic fermentation, which took place spontaneously, was completed by the end of the year. The wine was then blended and went into French and Hungarian oak barriques for approximately one year.
Marchese Antinori Riserva was then bottled and given a further twelve-month period of bottle aging before being released.
14° by Vol.
Tignanello estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico production area, on the hillsides nestled between the Greve and Pesa valleys. The estate extends over approximately 800 total acres (319 hectares) of which about 321 acres (130 hectares) are planted with vines. Grape varieties grown are principally the native Sangiovese berry along with other non-traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Marchese Antinori is a historic wine from the Antinori family’s cellars which, since 2011, has been produced from grapes from the Tenuta Tignanello estate. It is a wine that represents the finest expression of the Sangiovese grape grown in this terroir.
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red in color. On the nose, intense notes of wild berries, cherries and blackberries merge with delicate aromas of tobacco and sweet hints of milk chocolate: its bouquet is completed by undertones of aromatic herbs and dried flowers. Its palate is mouth-filling, sustained by excellent freshness and soft, velvety tannins. Spicy notes perceived on the nose reappear in its lengthy finish.