Villa Antinori Rosso

The Wine

Villa Antinori was first crafted in 1928 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori, Piero Antinori’s father, as the Antinori family’s signature wine; an exceptional wine that can represent the family’s history, identity and continuity like no other. “Villa Antinori is a full-blooded Tuscan red. It’s true, its pure Sangiovese base is blended with a small percentage of international grape varieties. But these grapes are grown, mature and are harvested from our Tuscan estates and then fermented and aged in the Antinori family estates.” Cit. Piero Antinori

Historical Data

Villa Antinori was first crafted in 1928 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori, Piero Antinori’s father, as the Antinori family’s signature wine; an exceptional wine that can represent the family’s history, identity and continuity like no other. “Villa Antinori is a full-blooded Tuscan red. It’s true, its pure Sangiovese base is blended with a small percentage of international grape varieties. But these grapes are grown, mature and are harvested from our Tuscan estates and then fermented and aged in the Antinori family estates.” Cit. Piero Antinori

Villa Antinori Rosso 2016

The Wine

Villa Antinori was first crafted in 1928 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori, Piero Antinori’s father, as the Antinori family’s signature wine; an exceptional wine that can represent the family’s history, identity and continuity like no other. “Villa Antinori is a full-blooded Tuscan red. It’s true, its pure Sangiovese base is blended with a small percentage of international grape varieties. But these grapes are grown, mature and are harvested from our Tuscan estates and then fermented and aged in the Antinori family estates.” Cit. Piero Antinori

Villa Antinori Rosso 2016

From the meteorological point of view, the 2016 vintage was characterized by a spring with frequent rainfall which slowed slightly certain phases of the growth and development of the vines, particularly the flowering. This delay was easily recovered thanks to an excellent summer season, which assisted a balanced growth of the plants: the positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness, above all towards the end of the month August, guaranteed a high-quality ripening. The Merlot harvest began in early September and the picking then continued with the Syrah, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet.

The harvested grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing, and the must and skins then went into stainless steel fermentation tanks. The fermentation began the day after pressing and lasted from five to seven days, while the additional period of skin contact was a bit longer, from eight to twelve days. The fermentation temperatures did not exceed 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade) for the Cabernet, Sangiovese, and Petit Verdot, favoring in this way the extraction solely of color and soft tannins. In the case of the Merlot and Syrah the temperatures were held to a maximum of 79° Fahrenheit (25° centigrade) to better conserve aromatic components. After the malolactic fermentation, which took place in October and November, the wine went into 60 gallon French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels where it aged for approximately a year. Villa Antinori 2016 was bottled from the month of July 2018 on.

Villa Antinori was first crafted in 1928 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori, Piero Antinori’s father, as the Antinori family’s signature wine; an exceptional wine that can represent the family’s history, identity and continuity like no other. “Villa Antinori is a full-blooded Tuscan red. It’s true, its pure Sangiovese base is blended with a small percentage of international grape varieties. But these grapes are grown, mature and are harvested from our Tuscan estates and then fermented and aged in the Antinori family estates.” Cit. Piero Antinori

The 2016 Villa Antinori offers a deep ruby red in color. The nose is intense and complex, characterized by notes of red fruit coupled with hints of leather, spice, and vanilla. The palate is full bodied and round with supple and velvety tannins together with much length and savor.

James Suckling 91/100 USA  

Villa Antinori

Villa Antinori

Villa Antinori was first of all an idea, a plan that envisioned the winemaking process: research and development on one side and historical heritage on the other. Villa Antinori is an important corner stone as its name is associated with over 100 years of history. At the same time it represents ongoing progress. The one essential principle is continuous research for increasingly higher quality standards. This idea produced two different wines that share a common passion for quality: Villa Antinori Rosso and Villa Antinori Bianco. Villa Antinori was originally produced in 1928 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori as a Chianti Classico that could age and that would improve over time. Soon after, Villa Antinori was found in the most prestigious cellars in embassies, royal houses, important hotels and restaurants. In 1931, Villa Antinori Bianco was made from traditional Trebbiano grapes. In the 1980’s a small percentage of Chardonnay was added in order to give the wine better structure.

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