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Tonight we are going to review a quite special super tuscan wine – Villa Antinori Toscana 2016 by Marchesi Antinori. Introduced in 1928 as the prototype of the Chianti Classico wine that could age and improve over time, Villa Antinori changed it’s ideology in 2001, representing the synergy between the very best of italian sangiovese and the famous international varieties, under the appellation of Toscana IGT, as foreign grape varieties were not allowed under the top-tier DOCG appellations. For over six centuries Antinori family is synonymous to excellence in the art of winemaking. All throughout its history, Antinori managed the business with innovative and sometimes bold decisions, while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and environment. That said, let’s skip all that theory and, without further ado, let’s move on – straight to the wine tasting phase!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Not too deep but noble ruby color with hazy, ripe pomegranate shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits and nuanced savory flavours: iron, sour cherry, barnyard, redcurrant, veal, red plum, horse saddle, cranberry, cherry tree wood and very elegant hints of violets. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, nutmeg, anise, dried oakwood and some insistent hints of truffles.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine-grained tannin. It feels delicate, elegant and noble, with a well structured body and a nuanced, fruity-savory accent. This is a very complex, seedy-crisp and supple wine, that feels well structured, with extremely appealing, fine-grained tannins on the mouthfeel. The wine tastes plump, round and rich, with mouth-watering acidity and a very good overall balance, as this is a very fine example of an old-world wine blend.
The wine has a long finish and a n elegant, fruity-savory aftertaste.
This is definitely an excellent wine of Italy and, with a total of 92.6 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a classic super tuscan wine blend – elegant, noble and fruity-savory, with a very good ageing potential – a wine that has yet to reach the summit of its prime form, thus, one that requires another 2 or 3 more years of bottle ageing. With a fine-tannic grip on the mouthfeel and mouth-watering acidity, which leads to a seedy-crisp finale, this wine is a fine example of how a textbook, old-world blend can be crafted using tradition and technology, mixing indigenous and international grape varieties, where the nuanced fruity flavors glide nicely alongside those subtle woody notes. We would recommend to pair this wine with italian cuisine or dishes rich in natural meaty flavours, like for example tagliata steak or tuscan steak with marinated cherry tomatoes. Salute!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Villa Antinori | Toscana | 2016
overall rating: | 92.6 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: excellent | (a must try)
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