Antinori Tignanello Toscana 2013

Fresh red currants, cranberries and red cherries; vanilla and sweet spices from the oak. A touch of unripe flavor, recalling black currant leaf. In glass, licorice, blackberries, dark chocolates and tobacco. On palate, fine rich structured; flavorful green and baked red fruit finish. Well balanced, albeit disjointed, slight bitterness and noticeable alcohol as well; yet all these weakness will disappear the wine is more integrated in 1 or 2 years’ time. Very drinkable already now but will benefit even more from a few years of storage.

As a long time Tig drinker since its 1997 vintage, I felt 2011 was greener and fresher. The 2012 brings back ripeness, full nose, flavour and punch straight out of the bottle without decanting - this should get excellent with some ageing. From a cooler year, 2013 is more red fruit driven wine(ripe plum, spur cherries given out to green earthy flavors of anise and male Cologne). 2013 is the most elegant of the three vintages. In all 3 vintages, certain greenness, abv at 14.5%, blend(of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cab Sauv and 5% Cab Franc), structure and stylistics are made consistent.

These 3 vintages are different. However, 2013 has been accorded JS97. It is ranked WS94, compared to 2011(WS92) and 2012(WS91).

97 points James Suckling

This is amazing on the nose with blackberry, black truffle, dried cherry and hints of tobacco. So complex on the nose. Almost no need to taste it. Full body, soft and velvety tannins, and a persistent, fabulous finish. The mouthfeel is magic. 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink or hold. (3/2016)

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