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2014 Antinori Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

2014 Antinori Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

Elegantly structured, the taut, linear palate doles out wild cherry, cranberry, licorice, crushed herb and clove set against vibrant acidity and fine-grained tannins.'
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

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DESCRIPTION
  • The Marchese Antinori Riserva is produced exclusively in better vintages and solely from the finest grapes of the family’s proprietary vineyards: Tignanello, Badia a Passignano, and Pèppoli at Mercatale Val di Pesa in the Chianti Classico appellation production zone. Since the 2011 vintage Marchese Antinori has been produced with grapes exclusively from the Tignanello vineyard. A wine that fully expresses the quality and elegance of Sangiovese grapes grown in this area.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The winter of 2014 was characterized by mild weather with temperatures slightly above seasonal averages. This led to an early bud burst for the Sangiovese grapes and the other complementary varieties. Spring was also mild and dry, leading to a positive flowering and bud set. The summer, a bit unstable in its weather, slowed the processes of color change and ripening, which came back into balance, however, during the first part of September thanks to days of warm and sunny weather. The harvest took place between mid-September and early October.

    Upon arriving in the cellars, the grape bunches were destemmed and the berries carefully selected on sorting tables before being delicately pressed. The must, once in the stainless steel fermentation tanks, was macerated on its skins with an extraction which was both intense and also controlled to assure elegance and softness of structure. The fermentation lasted approximately one week, after which the wine remained in contact with its skins for a further nine to ten days. After being run off its skins, the wine went into 60 gallon oak barrels, coopered principally from French oak, where, by the end of the year, it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked and blended and aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels for approximately a year. It was then bottled and given an additional twelve months of bottle aging prior to release.

    TASTING NOTES

    An intense ruby red in color, the wine offers a fruity and floral nose with additional notes of spices and toasted oak. The palate is supple and balanced and the toasty and fruity sensations linger on a fragrant and persistent finish.

  • REVIEWS

    'This is spry and taut, with cherry, strawberry, wild herb, spice and tobacco notes. Stays fresh and focused, firming up on the dense, long finish. Very Tuscan.'
    91 Points - Wine Spectator

    'Aromas of tilled soil, plum cake, exotic spice and a whiff of toasted oak come to the forefront of the nose. Elegantly structured, the taut, linear palate doles out wild cherry, cranberry, licorice, crushed herb and clove set against vibrant acidity and fine-grained tannins.'
    91 Points - Wine Enthusiast