Tignanello

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Climate

The favorable weather patterns at the beginning of spring favored an early budding of about one week for the various varieties. All through the spring we had excellent weather, warm temperatures and the right amount of rain, resulting in excellent flowering and the relative vegetal cycle. This optimal vegetative balance of the vines ended in full ripening between the end of July and the beginning of August, about 7 to 10 days earlier than usual. The excessive heat wave around mid August, lasting only a week, did not slow down maturation, and the first grapes gathered showed immediate promise of an excellent vintage. Due to the early ripening of the grapes, we began our "green harvest" just after mid-August, selecting and thinning to eliminate any excessive production. In conclusion, the early harvest coupled with a rainless period of picking allowed us to bring in excellent mature grapes.

Vinification

The Tignanello vineyard is among the last to be harvested, and only painstakingly selected grapes are used in this eponymous wine. The Cabernets were harvested from October the 1st and the Sangiovese a week later. The grapes were vinified separately and were used methods which guarantee a very gentle processing. Maceration took place in 50 hectoliter open wooden fermentors with periodic cap submersion for better extraction of colour, complexity and tannins. During this time (15 days for the Sangiovese and more than 20 days for the Cabernets), the wine completed its alcoholic fermentation at a temperature never exceeding 30°C. The wine was then transferred into 225 liter French oak barrels (new and one-year- old Troncais and Alliers), where malolactic fermentation was terminated by the year's end. The wines were then racked, blended and returned to the barriques for about 14 months of aging, after which time they were bottled and aged for a further 12 months before release.
Alcohol : 13,5% Vol.

Historical data

The original Super-Tuscan, Tignanello is produced exclusively from the Tignanello vineyard, a 47 hectares (116 acres) southwest-facing, calcareous rocky-marl and limestone soil plot with tufaceous elements, planted between 1,150 and 1,312 feet above sea level at Antinori's Tignanello Estate. It was the first Sangiovese to be aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety, Cabernet, in the blend, and among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes. In all three instances, it set the example for a new breed of exceptional top-of-the-line Italian wine.
Tignanello, originally a Chianti Classico Riserva labeled Vigneto Tignanello, was first vinified as a single vineyard wine in the 1970 vintage, when it contained 20% Canaiolo and 5% Trebbiano and Malvasia, and was aged in small oak cooperage. With the 1971 vintage the wine became a Vino da Tavola della Toscana and was named Tignanello after the vineyard from which it originates. Beginning with this vintage, Tignanello stopped adhering to the rules laid down by Chianti Classico Disciplinare, and with the 1975 vintage, white grapes were totally eliminated. Since the 1982 vintage, the blend has been 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tignanello was not produced in the 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984 and 1992 vintages.

Tasting notes

Intensely fruity and complex on the nose,with hints of wood full-bodied, rich and complex in the mouth with exceptional structure a and a lengthy finish.

Awards

"Cinque Grappoli"

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA SOMMELIER Oct. 2003 "Duemilavini 2004"

2004 Italy

"Tre Bicchieri"

GAMBERO ROSSO November 2003 "Vini d'Italia 2004" guide

2003 Italy

"Best Italian Wines 2004"

LUCA MARONI - Nov.2003 "Best Italian Wines 2004" guide

2003 Italy

Score: 92/100

THE WINE NEWS April/May 2004

2004 U.S.A.