Inspired by Piero Antinori's groundbreaking Tignanello ($95), Villa Antinori Toscana IGT offers exceptional value at a mere $14.99. Like Tignanello, it departs from the traditional Chianti formula in terms of grape variety, while at the same time remaining true to its roots as wine that draws its distinctive character from the traditional Sangiovese grape. Although the blend includes 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 5% Syrah, it is the Sangiovese (55%) that defines the character of the wine, just as with Tignanello (80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc).Unusually powerful in the 2011 vintage, the 2011 Villa Antinori Toscana IGT serves up a huge bouquet of red berry fruit with hints of raspberry, cassis, and toasty vanilla oak. This is followed on the palate by generously packed-in flavors of dark berry, black pepper and spice notes. Showing no shortage of fruit or structure, this wine has an aging potential that might even rival that of Tignanello, at least over the first 7-10 years of its evolution. --Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
Made from 80% old vine Corvina and Corvina clones (Rizza, Nera and Corvinone), and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Syrah, this dark ruby wine opens with a fine, floral bouquet of plums, fresh cherries, and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, the notes of pure cherry, plum, smoky chestnut, and black spice are gracefully layered over polished, crisp tannins. Aging in traditional cherry wood ovals further heightens the distinctive cherry-infused notes of Verona's indigenous Corvina grape.
Strikingly powerful and deeply fruity, the 2007 is a marvelous Brunello in an updated version of the classic style pioneered by Biondi-Santi, Castiglion del Bosco, and other traditionalists almost a century ago. Brilliant and lively ruby red in color; the noble bouquet offers scents of wild berries, violets, truffles and a hint of smoky chestnut. On the palate, the fruit has a vibrant, ringing, wild cherry complexity, with classic Brunello elements of deep forest, roast chestnut, and plum announcing themselves strongly on the finish.--Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education"Aromas and flavors of plums, lemon rind and hints of pie crust. Full and velvety, with lovely fruit and a clean fresh finish. Juicy and fruity, yet balanced. Drink now or hold."92 points--James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com