Peter Maude Fine Wines

2020, Antinori Tignanello, TOSCANA IGT, Italy

$198

The 2020 Tignanello is so primary, so intensely fruit-driven, that it almost tastes like a barrel sample. A burst of red Sangiovese fruit opens first, followed by hints of blood orange, cinnamon, spice, dried flowers and mocha later. Time in the glass brings out striking dimension. In 2020, Tignanello is wonderfully sleek and racy, with fine tannins that lie below a core of bright, sculpted fruit. The balance here is just sublime. I can't wait to revisit the 2020 with age. "We are gradually increasing the Cabernet Franc in Tignanello to balance the greater richness that today's warmer seasons are giving to our Sangioveses," Antinori CEO Renzo Cotarella told me. 96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous (2023).

Newly on the market now, the 2020 Tignanello shows a gorgeous bouquet with an upfront and accessible personality. Right off the bat, you get dark cherry, dried raspberry, spice, toasted almond and citrusy blood orange. The blend is normally 75% to 80% Sangiovese with 7% Cabernet Franc. The grape in between, making up 13% to 18%, is Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage is very pretty and won't require a long wait. The tannins are sweet and silky. "Tignanello proves itself as a great vineyard site in both the challenging and the classic years," says Managing Director Renzo Cotarella. Annual production falls between 300,000-350,000 bottles. 95 Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (2023).

Drinking Window: 2028 - 2045

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