Antinori Tignanello 2016
Tignanello was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first contemporary red wine blended with untraditional varieties (specifically Cabernet) and one of the first red wines in the Chianti Classico region that didn't use white grapes. Tignanello is a milestone. It's produced with a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
Silvio Coppola designed the label in 1974 for the release of Tignanello 1971. The idea to commission this artist was discussed at an event at Castello Della Sala in 1973. Silvio Coppola was an essential Italian graphic and interior designer who was famous for his minimalist lighting fixtures and austere furniture but also book cover designs for Italian publishing company Feltrinelli. Silvio Coppola was the perfect match for the job.
The Marchesi Antinori 2016 Tignanello (made with Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) is a dark, exuberant, and inviting wine. I tasted my sample after a double decanting and was pleased by the profound nature of the wine and the immediate openness of the aromas. There is a symphony of dark fruit with black cherry, plum, spice, and sweet tobacco. I am particularly attracted by a distant hint of medicinal or menthol herb that I also discovered in other wines with fruit from the Tignanello estate in 2017. There's a drying mineral note of crushed chalk as well. The heat and dryness of the vintage have added to the aromatic intensity of the wine (third reduced yields). Still, the mouthfeel is carefully crafted to maintain its softness and smoothness.