2013 Antinori Tenuta Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva
Black cherry plum, new leather, smoke, licorice and tobacco flesh out in the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori. Dark, racy and inviting, the 2013 offers plenty of near-term appeal, but it should also drink well for another handful of years. 91+ (AG)
Note: This is the Chianti Classico Riserva, not the IGT Super Tuscan from the winery: "This rounded, full-bodied wine is the result of careful selection of the best Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes grown in the Tignanello vineyard. The wine is placed in new barriques where it completes malolactic fermentation by the end of the year and is aged in barriques for about 14 months. This is followed by 12 months maturing in the bottles. An intense ruby red with purple highlights in color, the aromatic gamut of the 2013 Marchese Antinori ranges from ripe red fruit, with perceptible notes of wild cherries and cherries under spirits to tobacco, leather, and spices. The initial palate sensations are very soft with an excellent balance between tannins and acidity. The finish is richly flavorful and pleasurable and is quite lasting and sustained."