Antinori Tignanello 2018 - New Canaan Wine
Antinori Tignanello 2018
SKU: 04300

Antinori Tignanello 2018

  • v97
  • js96
  • ws92

750ml
$135.00

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Category Red Wine
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Region Italy, Tuscany
Brand Antinori
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Tignanello 2018 is a deeply intense ruby red color. On the nose, it's remarkably complex with notes of ripe red fruit, black cherries, sour cherries that merge with sweet hints of vanilla, mint and delicate sensations of white pepper and myrtle. Its palate is rich and well-balanced: supple velvety tannins are sustained by exceptional freshness that give the wine length, elegance and persistence of flavors.
Vinous
  • v97

The 2018 Tignanello is a wine of breathtaking purity. Impossibly silky and persistent, the 2018 is all class, all the way. In many ways, the 2018 reminds me of the 2004 because of its finesse , but it has an extra degree of nuance that reflects important strides that have been made at the estate in the intervening years. Winemaking today is more gentle, while new oak is also less intrusive. The result is a Tignanello that bristles with class. The purity of the flavors alone is mesmerizing. Bright red-toned berries, mocha, spice, cedar, new leather and licorice are some of the many notes that linger on a finish framed by silky, perfectly ripe tannins. Aging was 16 months in oak, about 50% new. One of the recent developments at Antinori has been a move towards lower toast levels and a preference for longer aging of the raw wood. The blend is a very typical 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, with maybe just a touch more Franc than is the norm. At the same time, the Sangiovese is very much front and center. Production hovers around 330,000 bottles. Think about that number. It is more than any Bordeaux First Growth, more than any high-end Napa Valley wine, and equivalent to the production of 60 or so cult Cabernets taken together! Tignanello, in my view, is the single greatest high quality, estate wine made in scale.

Antonio Galloni, February 2021
James Suckling
  • js96

"This is so aromatic with flowers, such as cherry blossoms and roses, together with currants and blackberries. A medium-bodied Tignanello with very fine tannins and depth. Racy and very, very long finish. Pure and refined. Lots of blue fruit. Tight at the end, but showing a sophisticated and reserved style. Very refined. Drinkable now, but will age nicely. (4/6/21)"

Wine Spectator
  • ws92

A bright, fruity style, combining black cherry, black currant and earth flavors. It's backed by light tannins that leave a dusty, cocoa feel. Mineral and tobacco accents add depth on the finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2038. 5,000 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, August 31, 2021