Antinori   Tignanello

2018 Tignanello

By Antinori

2018 Tignanello from Antinori, Tuscan Finery

Emblazoned into the echelons of Italian winemaking history, the Antinori name brings forth a dedication to innovation and quality that’s remarkable. Their 2018 Tignanello is no different and is a testament to their enduring commitment to excellence.

 

A Testament to Tuscan Terroir

The 2018 Tignanello from Antinori perches itself boldly among the finest wines from Italy. Crafted from markedly mature vines on stony soils, this vintage brings forth a chorus of fragrant wild berries and cherries, expertly layered with strokes of rich chocolate and baking spices.

The palate is grand in scale, brimming with robust yet polished tannins that taper into a silky-smooth finish. This velvety texture adds a sublime edge to its bold demeanor, making it undeniably appealing for both collectors and investors alike.

 

2018: An Epic Yet Edgy Year

In 2018, Tuscany celebrated a season of balance; invigorating spring rains nourished the vines against the warm Italian sun. The resulting grapes brought elevated acidity levels adding an exquisite edge to Tignanello's usual depth, flavour and longevity.

Despite climatic tensions, Antinori navigated the season with impressive dexterity, resulting in a Tignanello that elegantly balances vibrant fruit profiles with earthy undertones and robust structural definition - a triumph that reinforces its status as one of Italy’s iconic fine wines.

 

An Investment on the Rise

For any wine investor, the 2018 Tignanello offers not just exceptional drinking potential but opportunities for significant return on investment. The vintage's distinctive characteristics, coupled with Antinori's consistent performance and growing international acclaim, solidify this bottle as an attractive prospect for both seasoned and new investors.

In conclusion, the 2018 Tignanello from Antinori demonstrates a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, encapsulating the enchantment of Italian winemaking at its finest. A captivating whirlwind grounded in its Tuscan roots while reaching for unprecedented heights of elegance and complexity.

Current market price

HK$13,050.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

76.11

Scores and tasting notes

98

This wine brought to mind precise imagery of tailcoats, striped dress pants, wingtip collar shirts and other gentlemen's fashion choices from the Roaring Twenties. Sporting a retro but classic personality, the Marchesi Antinori 2018 Tignanello is quite the dapper and jovial wine that hits the market just as much of the world is emerging from a dark chapter of lockdowns and coronavirus curfews. I love the optimism that springs bright with such clarity and detail from within this blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The 2016 vintage was a benchmark for sure, but I prefer the 2018, thanks to that tinge of nostalgia or emotion that is so deftly rendered in this cool, long growing season. The 2018 vintage offers a deconstructed Tignanello upon first inspection because you can clearly make out the varietal typicity of the grapes, especially the green spice and white pepper of the two Cabernets, along with aromas of crushed limestone that recall the white rocks carefully placed in the vineyards to protect the rows. The wine's fruit weight is contained and polished, and there are no exaggerations, excesses or loose ends. The results are calculated and exacting, especially if you consider the tannic management (with aging in both new and used Hungarian and French oak for up to 16 months) and the quality of the elegant mouthfeel. With time in the glass, those deconstructed elements converge to create unity and balance. The Tignanello vineyard is 57 hectares and sits at a breezy 390 meters above sea level with alberese and galestro soils. Those elevations proved important for shedding excess humidity at the end of this 2018 growing season. Production for this excellent wine is an impressive 345,000 bottles.

Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate, 6 May 2021

Vintage performance