Issue: Oct 15, 2011. A soft red, boasting black cherry, blackberry and spice notes. Tails off a little on the finish. Drink now through 2014.. –BS
- Country: Italy
- Wine Region: Tuscany
- Wine Maker: Renzo Cotarella
- Grape: Sangiovese
- Grape Percentage: 60% Sangiovese, 40% combination of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah
- Alcohol Percentage: 13%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now
The wine opens with a ruby red color with violet tinges. It has a full and intense fragrance with hints of red fruit which bring to mind cherries and raspberries. On the palate the wine is smooth and well-balanced. The finish is characterized by gentle tannins and the persistent flavor of the grapes which make is so delicious and easy to drink.
Antinori is currently led by Marchese Piero Antinori, the latest of 26 generations to run the family business. The documented history of the Antinori family stretches back as far as the 12th Century, although it was in the century that followed that they arrived in Tuscany. The family business was wine, and in 1385 Giovanni di Pieri Antinori..
Winealign.com - "Pale ruby colour; strawberries with hint of sandalwood; medium body with plenty of fruit and some spicy notes; gently firm finish."
Vinification took place separately for the different grape varietals. After destemming and a gentle pressing, the grapes underwent maceration for approximately 1 week in stainless steel tanks. During this phase, the wine completed alcoholic fermentation at a temperature not exceeding 25°C. The wine was then racked, and subsequently finished malolactic fermentation by the end of winter. The wine was aged partly in wood and partly in steel, which allowed it to be bottled beginning in late spring.