2001 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

SKU #1012566 93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2001 Tignanello is an object lesson in how to make Cabernet work with Sangiovese, the two varieties balancing and enhancing one another in admirable symbiosis. (The percentage of Cabernet, in fact, was reduced from the previous 20% to 15% in this vintage, an important sign - I hope - of how the wind is blowing.) A blackish ruby, its perfectly focused plum and cassis fruit, given an additional complexity by notes of sweet herbs and saddle leather, is fully and completely shaped in flavors of impeccable volume, roundness, and depth, caressing and powerful and with an additional power on the close which promises another 15 years of gratifying drinking. (DT) Inner quote mark (4/2006)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark One of Italy's most recognized labels, this blockbuster 85-10-5% Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend evolves slowly and seductively under your nose to reveal blackberry, black cherry, graphite notes, well-integrated vanilla. The mouthfeel is lush and concentrated with silky smooth tannins and a long finish that revisits those gorgeous tobacco, berry and dusty notes. Inner quote mark (11/2006)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark In 2001 Tignanello captures a super-concentrated and dense expression of fruit that has been achieved with some loss of aromatic complexity and overall finesse. This is a super-ripe style with tons of dark fruit, smoke and toasted oak in a heavily extracted style that veers on excess. There is remarkable power here, but not the level of balance that is typical of the very finest vintages. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2008)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A great vintage of Tignanello, this packs a range of sotto bosco flavors (traditional for the northern part of the Classico zone) in a relaxed, modern elegance. The flavors of woodland berries and sweet black cherries meld with foresty herb and tobacco tones - 15% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% is Cabernet Franc. The combination of Sangiovese and oak feels as rich as the smoke off a Sobranie. An unbeatable seal-a-deal-with-a-steak wine. Inner quote mark (4/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Loads of blackberry, coffee and olive aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, subtle yet rich finish. A fine Tignanello that shows reserve and class. (JS) Inner quote mark (10/2004)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Besides a slightly higher percentage of Sangiovese in this vintage, the presence of wood is also more pronounced, with vanilla and sweet spice aromas evident on the nose. Appealing notes of dried plum and tobacco appear on the palate. There is a creaminess to the fruit that is not evident in other vintages, although the tannins are thickset and fairly coarse in nature. (MM) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very dark purple with an opulent nose. Even lusher than the Badia a Passignano 2001. Like super-ripe claret. Sweet and succulent with excellent balance. Dense and flattering. (JR) 18/20 points Inner quote mark (9/2009)

K&L Notes

91 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A deep garnet core, almost opaque. The nose has great lift with maschino cherry, blueberry and cassis cloaked in some warm alcohol. With a reduction in Cabernet Sauvignon from 20% to 15%, this has a more Tuscan, less international personality. Ripe black cherries, a touch of tar and saddle-leather with a rounded, oh-so silky finish. Good length – this has great potential." (03/2008)

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