1997 Antinori - Tignanello 1.5L

Italy - Tuscany/ Red / Proprietary Blend
1997 Antinori - Tignanello
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Very full ruby-garnet, dark and deep. Ample in aroma, with sweet cassis fruit, light accents of sage and rosemary, chocolate and roasted coffee from the oak, and some alcoholic warmth. Dense, round and velvety on the palate, with expanding flavors. Finishes with important tannic strength and impressive weight and force. The fusion of the sangiovese and cabernet components of this wine is more accomplished than in past vintages.

Author: Daniel Thomases
Issue: Issue 91

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Dark crimson almost right out to rim. Well mannered blend on the nose. Attractive, well mannered, more international style than either of the wines above ? it would make a good introduction to Sangiovese. Slight bitterness on the finish. Not especially long or intense but very well made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93

The 1997 Tignanello is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in small French oak casks for 12 months, and bottled with no filtration. It possesses a dense, ruby/purple color, and an expansive nose of black currants, cherry compote, vanillin, and earth. Sweet, jammy, and opulently-textured, this expansive, concentrated, low acid wine is flashy and gorgeously-proportioned. It should drink well for 10-15 years, although who can ignore it now?

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 127

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Wine Spectator | 94

Dark ruby-garnet, with aromas of meat, berry and freshly picked roses. Full-bodied, with very soft tannins and beautiful currant and blackberry character. Long, silky and caressing. Sangiovese and Cabernet

Drink Dates: 2007-2007
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 95
Author: Derek M187
Tasted On: 12/25/2011
Score: 92
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/30/2011
Score: 91
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/05/2010
Site Blog: mac_h approaching the end of the road, classic ital wine, just wish i would have drank 3 yrs ago...
Score: 93
Author: Walter Z
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/03/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Cab nose -black fruit. Angular on the palate-Sangiovese is prominent on the finish. Deep ruby color. No signs of age.

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Score: 94
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/15/2009
Nearing its peak, tannins almost fully absorbed by the fruit; currants and violets, with cabernet dominating; finish is smooth and long
More Vintages and Sizes of Antinori - Tignanello:

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)

About This Producer


Although the Antinori family has been making wine for over 600 years and is steeped in tradition, they haven't been afraid to modernize production and to take an innovative approach to blending. One result is the world famous Super Tuscan "Tignanello," a blend of Sangiovese (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), and Cabernet Franc (5%). Marchesi Piero Antinori is the current proprietor of the estate, and was instrumental in creating Tignanello, propelling the popularity of Super Tuscans worldwide.

Antinori produces wines from the Italian regions of Tuscany and Umbria. In addition to Tignanello, some of Antinori's most well-known wines include Solaia, Guado al Tasso, Campo di Sasso, Badia a Passignano, Pian delle Vigne, and Chianti Classico. Antinori's various estates include 1,400 hectares of vineyards planted in Bolgheri, Montalcino, Orvieto, Montepulciano, and Chianti Classico, as well as the emerging locales Sovana and southern Maremma.

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