Villa Antinori - Chianti Classico Riserva

93 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
Villa Antinori - Chianti Classico Riserva - 2020 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Villa Antinori - Chianti Classico Riserva

93 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
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This medium-bodied red opens with aromas of menthol, ripe plum, violet and tobacco. The elegantly structured palate offers tart red cherry, star anise and coffee bean accompanied by polished, fine-grained tannins.
Here's an interesting bit of news. This wine is a blend of fruit from four villages in Chianti Classico. However, those single vineyards will soon be bottled as their own distinct Gran Selezione wines. For now, we have the 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori. This was a productive vintage that resulted in good yields thanks to abundant rainfall at the beginning of the season. The wine's tension and firmness remind me of the classic 2016 vintage, but 2019 ultimately shows more richness and accessibility. This wine is layered with dark fruit, crushed stone, and pretty spice.
This informal wine is based on Sangiovese but has other complementary red grapes in the blend and sees its fruit sourced from various parts of Tuscany. The 2018 Villa Antinori shows some ripeness and sweetness with an accessible and open-knit quality of fruit. The wine's aromas of dark cherry and blackberry would stand up nicely to a classic Tuscan dish of pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale (ribbon pasta with wild boar sauce) thanks to the natural acidity and freshness inherent to this wine.
The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is Sangiovese that has been enhanced by small percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit is sourced from the various properties owned by the Antinori family in the Chianti Classico appellation such as Badia a Passignano, Tenuta Tignanello and Peppoli. The family just bought a new property called San Sano near Castello di Ama and some of that fruit was used here too. This wine shows very nice ripeness with luscious, dark fruit flavors backed by spice and leather.
Type:
Red
Country:
Italy
Region:
Tuscany
Appellation:
Chianti Classico DOCG
Producer:
Marchesi Antinori
Grapes/Blend:
Sangiovese

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Chianti Classico is a wine region located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The region is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world, and...

Chianti Classico is a wine region located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The region is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world, and is home to a number of prestigious wineries and vineyards.

The history of Chianti Classico dates back to the 13th century, when the region was first settled by the Etruscans. Over the centuries, the region has been influenced by a number of different cultures, including the Romans, the Lombards, and the Byzantines.

Today, Chianti Classico is known for its unique style of wine production, which involves the use of Sangiovese grapes. These grapes are grown in the region's hilly terrain, which is characterized by its rocky soil and warm, sunny climate.

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