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Professional Ratings: 91 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 115818
Intense ruby red in color with aromas of blackberry and cherry, along with hints of spice and tobacco from careful aging in barrel. On the palate the wine is concentrated with notes of vanilla and chocolate, supple and soft in tannins and accompanied by the vibrant acidity that characterizes the Sangiovese grape. Th e wine has great complexity and length on the finish.
The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori is a fleshy, radiant wine graced with expressive dark red fruit. This is a fairly plush style for this bottling, no doubt owing to the personality of the vintage. I don’t quite see the delineation or structure of the superb 2006, but in exchange the 2007 is much more pleasing to drink young. Tobacco, sweet herbs, licorice and dark red cherries leave a very positive, lasting impression. The Marchese Antinori is predominantly Sangiovese, with a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate’s vineyards in Peppoli, Badia a Passignano and Tignanello. The darker color and flavor profile and presence of Cabernet relative to the 100% Sangiovese Badia a Passignano Riserva makes the Marchese a baby Tignanello of sorts. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
Black cherry and black currant fruit paves the way in this red, with spice and leather accents adding depth. Bright and solid, yet remains elegant, with a lingering aftertaste of mineral and spice. Best from 2013 through 2020.