Antinori is a name synonymous with wine in Italy, the equivalent of the royal family of wine in the country. Intimately involved in the wine industry of Italy since 1385, initially in Tuscany, but in more recent years their influence has grown seeing them involved in wine-making projects across the country. They were instrumental in the renaissance of Chianti and their portfolio of wines includes some stellar names such as Tignanello - the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc blend that was most influential in the Super Tuscan movement, Solaia - the Cabernet dominant blend also from the Tignanello Estate and the beautiful Peppoli Chianti Classico.
MONICA LARNER - WINE ADVOCATE
The NV Franciacorta Cuvée Royale Brut is an easy-drinking sparkling wine with a profoundly fresh, zesty and food-friendly personality. This lean-bodied blend of 78% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Nero and 10% Pinot Bianco offers pretty layers of citrus, white fruit and honeysuckle. It only sees contact with stainless steel, and the primary fruit intensity is intact and bright as a result. Some 300,000 bottles were released.