1997 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
During the recorking ceremony for the 1971 Tignanello, I had the opportunity to taste four editions of the wine spanning the four decades of its production. The 1997 Tignanello was by far the most enjoyable of these wines. It is experiencing a perfect moment in its drinking window. Looking through The Wine Advocate archive, I see the suggestion of brett in a past review. I found absolutely no imperfections in this wine. Instead, the bouquet is generous and opulent with dark berry, spice, licorice and leather. Much of the Tignanello vineyards were replanted in the 1990s so I expect that the fruit came from younger vines. The finish is silky and long in persistency. (ML)
Dark ruby-garnet, with aromas of meat, berry and freshly picked roses. Full-bodied, with very soft tannins and beautiful currant and blackberry character. Long, silky and caressing. Sangiovese and Cabernet. (JS, Web—2007)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very full ruby-garnet, dark and deep. Ample in aroma, with sweet cassis fruit, light accents of sage and rosemary, chocolate and roasted coffee from the oak, and some alcoholic warmth. Dense, round and velvety on the palate, with expanding flavors. Finishes with important tannic strength and impressive weight and force. The fusion of the sangiovese and cabernet components of this wine is more accomplished than in past vintages. (DT)
*Cellar Selection* Reticent at first, the elements show their complexity and depth with time. Full and very dark, this offers plenty of black cherry and cedar aromas and flavors offset by impressive licorice and Mouton-like pencil-lead notes. *Cellar Selection* Smooth on the palate, showing great balance and integration, the ripe fruit here sings through the long finish with its soft tannins, good grip and tobacco-nut-mineral-dust accents.
Dark crimson almost right out to rim. Well mannered blend on the nose. Attractive, well mannered, more international style than either of the wines above – it would make a good introduction to Sangiovese. Slight bitterness on the finish. Not especially long or intense but very well made. (JR)
93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A deep garnet core with brick rim. A soft nose, moderate intensity at first but with 20 minutes in the glass it begins to motor with Morello cherry, melted dark chocolate, a touch of leather and capsicum. Is that a hint of creme brulee in the background? Lovely balance on the palate with red-berried fruits, bitter chocolate, a touch of dried blood with a finish that tends more to black fruits. Smooth texture, not what I would describe as approachable so I would leave this a wee while. Drink 2010-2025. Tasted November 2006."