Sporting a dense, deep garnet red color, this wine opens with an ethereal bouquet of roast cherries, dried plums and vanilla spice. On the palate, the wine is mouthcoatingly warm, fresh and velvety, with creamy, concentrated flavors of black cherry, plum, black pepper , and balsamic, finishing with soft, lush tannins that never get in the way of the fruit. Made from a traditional blend of 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 20% Corvinoni, this wine pairs exceptionally well with Northern Italian cuisine, including Tuscan grill of lamb, sausage, and beef, as well as with pasta salads, roast poultry and Italian and other medium-strength cheeses.
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.