Antinori   Tignanello

2003 Tignanello

By Antinori

2003 Tignanello by Antinori, Tuscany, Italy

The 2003 Tignanello from Antinori offers a splendid embodiment of the Tuscan sun's grace and might. With four decades of experience in esteeming fine wines from Italy, one would be negligent not to applaud this illustrious vintage's intricate dance between power and elegance.


Rising from the Heat

Equipped with a challenging backdrop of a scorching summer, the 2003 Tignanello transcends adversity revealing the merit of meticulous craftsmanship and astute vineyard management. Vibrant and loaded with character, this fine wine proudly asserts its heritage from the prestigious Antinori estate.

Saturated with ripe red fruit aromas, intertwined with subtle undertones of chocolate and licorice, this vintage leads you on an enchanting olfactory journey. It boasts a rich concentration on the palate, its dark berry and plum intensity merging harmoniously with well-integrated tannins and a welcome freshness defying the heatwave conditions of that year.


A Distinguished Vintage

With the relentless climate of 2003 requiring an adept hand to balance concentration and finesse, the fine winemaking Maestros at Antinori have undoubtedly excelled in their craft. Rarely is such depth found combined with such finesse - an equation that renders this vintage a lucrative choice for wine investors.

The 2003 Tignanello from Antinori stands as a triumphant display of Tuscany’s viticultural prowess, unyielding under pressure and retaining an uncompromised expression of terroir. This vintage demonstrates Italy's compelling ability to weather a storm and deliver a fine wine investment opportunity worthy of patient consideration.

An extraordinary articulation of a year where the elements defied expectations, the 2003 Tignanello is the liquid testament of a story bound by time, told by the weather, and finally decoded by seasoned craftsmanship resulting in an Italian masterpiece set for rewarding maturation.

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Antinori’s 2003 Tignanello (85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) is a terrific effort. Typical Sangiovese notes of red cherries, tobacco and underbrush dominate the flavor profile of this intensely flavored Tignanello that manages to be ripe and open, while retaining notable balance and freshness, although the tannins dry out a bit on the back end. This is a delicious Tignanello to enjoy now and over the next decade. The high altitude of the vineyards was clearly an asset in 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018. Importer: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville, WA, tel. (425) 415-3738

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007

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