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smokey Sangiovese with dark fruit.
Oaky nose on a nice firm structure.
88 points. On the nose, I immediately pick up on supple ripe raspberries, and rich red cherries. There is a floral tone with some very dark volcanic stone, dark cacao powder, and a slightly green herbal tone. This wine’s aroma is dark and slightly rustic, with a unique root beer and vanilla component playing very softly in the background. The palate opens with ripe, juicy raspberries and moves into a slightly musty component, cherries and cranberries, with a little butter and a little dark stone. The finish is soft with light dusty tannins and a dried red fruit flavor that lingers for some time. This wine has a very nice balance of ripe fruit and powdery tannins, and the subtle buzz of acidity on the finish has a pleasant mouthwatering effect. This is a well made, solid wine, and I would say that at $30 it is priced about right. It’s enjoyable and refined, nothing that will rock your world, but dependable and a very good example of what the Chianti region is capable of. If you want to go beyond the wicker and checkered table cloths, this is a wine Worth Trying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Antinori Tasting Part 2: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/05/04/post-10-antinori-tasting-part-2/
color was dark red, almost brownish, "dimetapp" was called out strong acidic nose, with earth and raisins mouth was strong, but undefined. "All chorus, but no verses"
I like sangiovese. It is a full body wine. It goes with meat.
Appearance Very dark in color and no bubbles. It is clear and inviting. Legs run a little oily. Smell Nice fruit mixed with earthiness aroma. Taste The taste is crisp and refreshing? a little dry but not too. Nice aftertaste, lingering on the palate. Overall I enjoyed having it with italian food like pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs.
External Reviews for Antinori Villa Red IGT
Antinori is a world famous producer of Tuscan wines, their history going back literally centuries. The Villa Antinori is the estate where the Chianti Classico wines have been produced for many years. This wine is a natural progression from their Chianti Classico. As the Antinoris recognized how non-native grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah raised the level of quality of their wine they started blending more and more and finally could no longer use the DOC designation and so it became a Super Tuscan IGT. But the quality they’ve reached is exceptional, especially as they’ve experimented more with aging in small oak barrels. This 2005 is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah aged for 12 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. Aged in the bottle for another 8 months before release this Tuscan beauty has reached a stage where the ripe fruit, the savory oak and the Tuscan terroir are intermingled in a stunning array.
Tuscany, ItalyMarchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is produced exclusively from the finest, most highly selected grapes grown on the Antinori estates of Santa Cristina, Pppoli and Badia a Passignano in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone of the Chianti Classico region. The wine is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. For this outstanding 2005 vintage, the wine received ratings of 91 points from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator and 90 points from Stephen Tanzer. At Wine Gems, we simply call it a red wine gem!Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is dark ruby-garnet in color. On the nose, it has pronounced cherry and violet notes with nuances of tobacco. The wine is full-bodied with remarkable depth and structure. On the palate, it shows flavors of blackberry, raspberry, chocolate and spice. Aged for 14 months in 225-liter French oak barrels (Alliers & Troncais) for added richness and complexity, it spends another full year in bottle before release. Beautifully balanced to enjoy now, this red has the potential to reward cellaring for another 8-10 years. It is long and silky smooth on the finish.Enjoy Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva with osso bucco, lasagna, veal Milanese, grilled vegetables, and aged cheeses.
Red berries and light oaky aromas on this red. Unobtrusive tannins make it go well with a huge range of meat dishes.
Wine Tasting NotesRich in aromas of mature fruit and hints of vanilla . On the palate, the wine is well-balanced, elegant with a good structure. Pppoli is made with a view to being enjoyed fairly young, when all its fruity nuances are at their maximum.
Autumn 2004 was mild with much more and heavier rain than previous years. The winter was cold but less rainy which compensated the millimetres of rainwater accumulated during the autumn. Budbreak was slightly later than average although the spring temperatures allowed the plants to recover well from the winter. The summer was mild and maximum temperatures did not exceed 35°C. The grapes ripened gradually and steadily and were perfectly healthy by the time of the harvest thanks to the dry summer. The harvest took place in September with excellent balance of quality and quantity. After destemming and soft crushing maceration lasted about one week in stainless steel vats. During this phase the wine completed alcoholic fermentation at a temperature no higher than 25°C. It was then racked and completed malolactic fermentation, partly straight after alcoholic fermentation and partly in spring. The wine was aged for six months, partly in traditional oak barrels and partly in stainless steel vats. After this it was blended, lightly clarified, filtered and bottled in May 2006. Alcohol : 12,0% Vol. Santa Cristina was originally introduced in 1946 as a Chianti Classico by Piero Antinori's father, Niccolò. However, with the passage of the 1984 DOCG laws - spearheaded by Piero Antinori- requiring lower vineyard yields, Chianti Classico grapes became so complex and rich that they required more aging than this fruity fresh wine should have to maintain its style and character. Therefore, with the 1987 vintage Santa Cristina moved away from the Chianti Classico designation, and with the 1994 vintage Antinori began including 10% Merlot to the blend to add soft, open fruit nuances to the wine. Ruby red colour with purple hues. Vibrant ripe fruit on the nose with nice floral hints. Well-structured, soft and harmonious. Sweet tannins and lingering fruit in the finish.
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