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The wines of Antinori, Italy

Marchesi Anrinori Sri, Piazza degli Antinori, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Tel: +39 05523595

This is an interesting range from a well known super-Tuscan producer. I impressed by the Tignanello, the Cervaro and the two Chiantis.

Tignanello 1996
A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Big nose of herbs and spice. Plenty of oak. Hugely tannic on the palate. Rich and exotic, but quite unapproachable now. It's expensive, but I have seen some orphans in various branches of Thresher and Wine Rack at under £30 still.

Cervaro Castello della Sala 1997
From Umbria. Full flavoured, fresh and crisp with new oak. Very good. Nicely savoury.

Tenute Marchese Antinori 1996
Sangiovese with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple- black colour and softly oaky on the palate. Smooth but firm tannic structure. Tarry and herby, rich and complex. Good.

Pèppoli Chianti Classico 1997
Bright purple colour. Attractive, frutier wine of medium concentration. Good balance and richly fruited.

Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
Bright purple. Cherry fruit with spice. Medium concentration. Nicely structured wine with high acidity. Good.

Villa Antinori Bianco di Toscana IGT 1998
Fresh and clean. Unremarkable, but fruity and tasty.

Santa Cristina 1998
Rich cherry flavoured Sangiovese. OK.

(Tasted November 1999)