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Tignanello - 2018

Item # 45034 750mL
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  • Limited Production: Only 2 bottle(s) per customer

Tasting Notes

Piero Antinori revolutionized modern Italian winemaking in the '70s with Tignanello, the premier Super Tuscan. The first Italian wine aged in small French oak barrels, this Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend remains a classic - stylish and intense.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine is like baby Jesus in velvet pants. Although not the first wine to be described as such, Tignanello lays claim to other original wins. Like a virgin Sangiovese blended for the very first time with Cabernet Sauvignon, it is considered by many to be the first modern "supertuscan" wine. Seminally, it is also the first Tuscan Sangiovese to see elevage in 225L barriques. Since 1985 its trinity has been Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with no white grapes allowed. Tender yet dominating, full-bodied and elegant, a structured backbone is supported by plush, cheeky tannins, concentrated blackberry, cassis, black cherry fruit, and deep red rose petals. It is fleshy and jammy in the best of ways, full of cedar, chocolate, leather and graphite. Definitely a religious experience and a wine not to pass over. Hallelujah!

- AN

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Italy's most planted grape variety is at the heart of some of the most beloved wines in the country. Grown all over the region, but especially in Central Italy, Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in Brunello di Montalcino, and the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti, and countless other delicious Italian blends. Sangiovese has shown itself in recent years to be an excellent...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh...

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