1997 Antinori - Tignanello 1.5L

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WA 94   WS 94   IWC 93   JR 17.5   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

During the recorking ceremony for the 1971 Tignanello, I had the opportunity to taste four editions of the wine spanning the four decades of its production. The 1997 Tignanello was by far the most enjoyable of these wines. It is experiencing a perfect moment in its drinking window. Looking through The Wine Advocate archive, I see the suggestion of brett in a past review. I found absolutely no imperfections in this wine. Instead, the bouquet is generous and opulent with dark berry, spice, licorice and leather. Much of the Tignanello vineyards were replanted in the 1990s so I expect that the fruit came from younger vines. The finish is silky and long in persistency.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Monica Larner
Issue: 221

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 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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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Derek M187
Tasted On: 12/25/2011

Rating: 94
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/08/2015

Rating: 92
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/30/2011

Rating: 85
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/22/2015
Fruit is dying out with nice cedar, tobacco notes. Agree it is past prime

Rating: 82
Author: Oenodoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/11/2015
Drink Dates:
I have loved this wine over the years but time to drink up as I suspect it has peaked and may be on a downward descent. Put this up against an 04 Ornellai and the latter one hands down in the collective opinion of our tasting group. Some thought this bottle might have been corked, I wasn't sure. Still a nice pour but fruit is fading and a tad astringent. I have 4 more bottles and hope this was an anomaly as this was a great wine from a great vintage.

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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93 bottles owned by 54 collectors.

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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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