A very historical and revolutionary wine first produced commercially by Piero Antinori in 1971, Tignanello was one of the first red wines produced in Tuscany without white grapes in the blend of sangiovese, but rather with the cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grape varieties. This dramatic and counter move away from tradition, caused Tignanello to lose its Chianti Classico DOCG classification. Tignanello is regarded as an innovative pioneer of the modern Italian top wines, the so-called “Super Tuscans” – IGT or Indicazione Geografica Tipica (1994).
“A big, lush style, this red delivers pure aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry, violet, flint, tobacco and baking spices. This is supple, yet backed by a firm, dense matrix of tannins, so all the components are there, but this needs time to integrate. Lovely sweet, ripe finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2040. 5,000 cases imported.” – 97 points, Wine Spectator — BS
“To hit the market in June, the 2016 Tignanello is a rock-solid wine and a stunning beauty. The wine offers an impeccable level of precision and laser-focus delivery of fruits, spices, tilled earth, espresso beans and Mediterranean herbs. This vintage follows the classic blending formula of 80% Sangiovese with about 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. The vines are now 15 to 20 years old. Compared to the 2015 vintage that ultimately appeared more chewy and succulent, this expression from the iconic 2016 vintage is more vibrant, nervous and jazzed. It shows more savory spice, saltiness and minerality, with a beautifully integrated quality of tannins. Some 320,000 bottles were produced. This wine is at the top of the list of some of the best Tignanello ever made, including the vintages 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015. 2020 to 2040″ – 97 points, Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) May 2019