Antinori   Tignanello

2005 Tignanello

By Antinori

2005 Tignanello from Antinori, Tuscany, Italy

The 2005 Tignanello from Antinori is a shining star in the cosmic tapestry that constitutes the Italian wine heritage. A remarkable Super Tuscan blend, it is an eloquent expression of its terroir and climatic conditions, distinguishing itself remarkably from the panorama of Tuscan wines.


The fruitful fruition of an ideal vintage

Consistently lauded, this leading Tuscan wine's 2005 iteration did not waver in its pursuit of elegance and complexity. The climatic factors of 2005 created a canvas for Antinori to paint a vinous masterpiece. A year with near-perfect growing conditions; the ripe fruits produced were nothing short of superb, commanding attention from fine wine investors the world over.


Seductively complex and sublimely balanced

This vintage is a blend defined by precision. 85% Sangiovese, paired with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. From the glass rises an intoxicating aria of black cherry laced with whispers of violet and thyme. There's an appealing earthiness that cocoons rich cacao nuances and notes of sweet toasted oak. On the palate, it's as rich and dense as a sonnet, yet as delicate as silk - beautifully expressing both power and poise.


Investing in quality: 2005 Tignanello by Antinori

When considering investments in fine wines from Italy, especially those fit for long-term cellaring, the 2005 Tignanello by Antinori holds immense appeal. It boasts a balance so sublime it seems choreographed by the gods themselves. This prestigious libation stands testament to its producer’s dedication to creating something both inimitable and timeless.

Essentially, the 2005 Tignanello is a mirror to its unique Tuscan terroir - each sip a dialogue between the wine and the land. Savour this narrative preserved in a bottle, indulge in the discovery, and invigorate your fine wine investment portfolio with this choice selection. It serves as a striking example of why vintages truly matter, making it an enticing prospect for any fine wine investor.

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Antinori has turned out a very beautiful Tignanello in 2005. The wine possesses perfumed, well-articulated aromatics that meld into a soft, generous core of ripe red fruits. Smoke, mineral, tobacco and spice overtones develop in the glass with air. To be sure, this is a relatively slender Tignanello, and while it doesn’t have the qualities of the superb 2004, it does have the balance to age gracefully for the next decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. My visit to Antinori’s Tignanello property in Chianti Classico provided an object lesson in the challenges of understanding the complexities and nuances of Tuscan terroir, something which can be extrapolated to many other regions within Italy as well. I saw vineyards where the two major terrains in these hills, galestro and alberese, alternated in groups of three to four rows within the same plot. As a result, the plants themselves were at slightly different points in their vegetative cycles. Back in the winery, oenologist Renzo Cotarella prepared a comprehensive tasting of Antinori’s two flagship wines, Tignanello and Solaia, with vintages going back to the mid-1990s. I will report on those verticals, which include a preview of 2006 and 2007, in an upcoming article that will be published in the Italy Report section of Both Tignanello and Solaia are outstanding in 2005. Readers may recall my enthusiasm over the 2004s. Of course the vintage was exceptional, but it is no accident that those wines were so successful. 2004 was the first vintage in which the lots for these wines were aged separately, with the final blend taking place at the end of the aging period, whereas previously the blend had been assembled just after the completion of malolactic fermentation. Given that wines develop and age in ways that sometimes surprise even the most experienced winemakers, waiting until the wines have had a chance to spend some time in barrel leaves the producer with much more certainty as to the quality and consistency of the final wine. In a difficult vintage such as 2005 the selection of lots prior to assembling and bottling was therefore especially critical. Importer: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville, WA; tel. (425) 415-3738

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2008

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