It is stylish and well-balanced, with sweet tannins, nice mineral hints and aromas of red berry fruits and white plums.
This red wine shows purply hues typical of the grape variety.
Five stars year considered excellent. Low temperatures in late April and early May in the Cortona area delayed the vegetation process and subsequent phases, including ripening of the grapes, by about 10 days. This phenomenon caused lower quantities of grapes, but higher quality, since from mid-August onwards the temperatures remained steady and the Merlot grapes ripened perfectly. Overall this year will be recorded as once of the best in terms of quality
Four stars year considered very good. July and August were hot but without extreme temperature peaks so the grapes ripened gradually and evenly. The lack of rain during the ripening period resulted in very healthy grapes which had ripened quite early and consequent decrease in quantity
All around situation wine to be used also as high quality wine. Very good price MORE INFO
TCD Score: 87/100
A score of 87 for a wine to be tasted in both special situations and daily meals. Very pleseant and ductile
A generous and vibrant flavour with nice minerally hints typical of the zone and the vintage year. Soft, balanced tannins demonstrate the perfect ripeness of the grapes.
The wine is bright ruby red
Four stars year considered very good. Due to a rainy autumn with low average temperatures and some snow, foliage regrowth was 12-15 days later than the previous year. On the other hand, the favourable weather in spring allowed the vines to develop well, about 10 days earlier than usual. The months of June, July and August were quite ‘cool’ with average temperatures of around 24°C and plenty of rain in August. This hindered the ripening process and the harvest but the grapes were nevertheless healthy, fully ripe and high in potential, in line with the standard of recent vintage years.
Very good wine, typical of Tuscany's production. We suggest you to try it indeed MORE INFO
TCD Score: 88/100
A score of 88 for an eclectic wine, very elegant for any situations.
Sauvignon Blanc with a small quantity of Chardonnay
Stylish, soft and well-structured with aromas echoed nicely on the palate.
Five stars year considered excellent. The winter was quite cold, particularly the minimum temperatures, while the mild, well-balanced spring weather allowed good foliage development. This year, like the last three years, this phenological phase was slightly delayed. Fruit setting and flowering took place normally thanks to steady high temperatures. July and August were warm without peaks of heat so the grapes ripened gradually and steadily although they were slightly behind at the time of harvesting. Like 2005 there was plenty of rain enabling the plants to avoid stress due to lack of water in summer. The grapes ripened healthily without damage from the rain in August. The Sauvignon harvest began in late August when the grapes were healthy and rich in aromas. The Chardonnay harvest began in the third week of August when the grapes showed perfect balance of sugars and polyphenolic substances.
Balanced, elegant with a refined taste. The balance between quality and price is definitely assured. MORE INFO
TCD Score: 89/100
A score of 89 for a wine with a unique character. A good alternative for the more well known Cervaro della Sala that is going definitely to satisfy your expectation
90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and other complementary red varieties
Full-bodied, solidly structured lingering palate with a pleasantly tannic finish. Hints of liquorice in the aftertaste.
Intense ruby red colour with light garnet hues.
2004 was a hot vintage in Tuscany and the Sangiovese grape did surprisingly well. This Chianti Classico is considered one of the best in the world. Reaching a drinking peak in around 2012, however this wine is drinking beautifully today. There is no better wine under €20 on our website. Superb.
Very dark colour in the glass, intense dark ruby red with some nice pinky looking hues. The nose is fruity, spicy with the most noticeable aroma profiles of blackberries... MORE INFO
TCD Score: 91/100
91 points for one of the best Chiantis from the internationally acclaimed Antinori producer.
This is a well-structured wine with a soft, lingering finish.
A persistant and deep inky dark red.
Four stars year considered very good. The heavy rainfall in autumn 2003 refreshed the soil which had been subjected to extreme drought in the summer. The winter temperatures were quite low with heavy, frequent rain and snow. This caused a delay in budbreak which took place about 10-15 days later than average, even in the more precocious varieties. During flowering and fruit-setting the weather was very rainy and cool (with the lowest seasonal temperatures for several years) and the foliage developed well, although again later than usual, right through to the veraison and ripening phases. Intense pre-harvest selection was necessary since this weather trend made the plants excessively productive. Lastly, the harvest began a couple of weeks later than the seasonal average, when the grapes reached the perfect balance of quality and quantity both in vegetation and ripeness.
A fair price for a wine of such character and elegance. This wine is fast gaining a reputation and the 2005 vintage is superb. Great for drinking today and possible to... MORE INFO
TCD Score: 90/100
A score of 90 for an high quality wine. A stunning wine coming forth strongly in the marketplace, buy it while it's still a relative unknown.
Great acidity in this Chardonnay, the blend produces a full bodied wine with a lingering and fresh finish.
Its colour is greenish yellow, and it also reflects how young it is but with a glittering, gold reflex and it is astonishingly clear.
Four stars year considered excellent. The winter was quite cold, particularly the minimum temperatures, while the mild, well-balanced spring weather allowed good foliage development. This year, like the last three years, this phenological phase was slightly delayed. Fruit setting and flowering took place normally thanks to steady high temperatures. July and August were warm without peaks of heat so the grapes ripened gradually and steadily although they were slightly behind at the time of harvesting.
Excellent wine with an affordable price. The signature production of Antinori's white wines from Umbria and one of the best Chardonnays from Italy. MORE INFO
TCD Score: 90/100
A score of 90 for a wine from Umbria with its unique style and quality. A further confirmation of Antinori's production quality.
85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Full bodied with great balance and acidity, the wine offers chocolate and fruit notes on the mid palate.
Dark Ruby Red.
Three star year considered good. This years Tignanello shows all the class of the winemakers choosing the right time to harvest and bringing quality in the vinification process in a tricky year in Tuscany.
Striking ruby red in the glass, lovely colour. The nose quickly brings serious aromas, generous amounts of berry, spices, chocolate and some tobacco. A real monster on the... MORE INFO
TCD Score: 93/100
A score of 93 for a super wine that can be drunk today as well as having cellaring potential and also potential for the wine to increase in value, for those who like to invest.
Close-nit, velvety tannins on the palate with chocolate, blueberries and a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. A tangy and lingering wine, complex and stylish thanks to the excellent blending of tannins from the wine and the oak.
Extraordinary intense ruby red in colour.
Four stars year considered very good. The weather in autumn 2004 was quite mild with much heavier rain than in recent years. The unusually cold winter caused a delay in foliage development while the period around flowering was mild and quite dry, resulting in good fruit-setting. In July maximum temperatures reached 35° C which accelerated veraison, while a mild August with frequent but light rain-showers resulted in slow, steady ripening. The grapes were healthy and perfectly ripe when harvested, with good potential, up to the standard of recent harvests.
This wine looks like the real deal, a deep penetrating ruby red. The bouquet stands out immediately with cherries, blackberries, chocolate and minerals. The palate is silky... MORE INFO
TCD Score: 96/100
96 points for Bolgheri Guado al Tasso in a special year. Stunning wine.
Medium bodied with a chocolate and cherry taste. Soft Palate, well balanced and a long finish.
A dense wine purple inky color.
This wine is not the Solaia you come to expect however it is still a very good wine even though, for some reason, maybe the vintage, the Sangiovese was left out of the wine. This wine gets a very bad rap because it's compared horizontally to other Solaia. If you make that comparison you will be disappointed but standing alone the wine still deserves 90 for a very drinkable and interesting effort.
Inky purple wine thats a little thinner than you expect. Attractive bouquet of blackberrys, chocolate and a little oak and cherry. Soft palate, the wine is medium bodied... MORE INFO
TCD Score: 90/100
90 points for an interesting wine. The name "Solaia" naturally lends the price to the wine however €88/£60 can buy you the 2004 Tignanello plus the 1999 Michele Chiarlo Barolo.
The Antinori brand is one of Italy's most famous brands internationally. Famous for world class wines including the very famous "Tignanello" the very first "Super Tuscan" and some would argue; still the best. Today, Antinori owns 1,400 hectares of land operating in 10 estates spread throughout Tuscany and into Umbria. Antinori produces wonderful Chianti but is most famous for their blended wines. With a huge range of wines using many grape varieties Antinori could be considered the most complete and 21st century vineyard in Italy.
The ancient Antinori family have lived in Florence since the early 13th century when they moved here from Calenzano, a small town between Florence and Prato, where their presence was recorded back in 1188. The merchant family were registered with the Guild of Silk Weavers since 1285 and later with the Guild of Bankers, thanks also to the branches that opened in Bruges and Lyons, and the growing network of business in Europe.
They were also wine producers and merchants, and it was this business that became prevalent over time: Giovanni di Piero Antinori registered with the Guild of Winemakers in 1385 . Production and sales of wine became increasingly important for the family and by the 16 th century they were known to various clients outside Italy.
Wine remained the family's main passion and activity to the extent that in 1898 , when the “ Fattoria dei Marchesi Lodovico e Piero Antinori ” was founded, the property and farms were transformed into a really modern and well-organized business.
It was founded by the two sons of Marchese Niccolò - a direct descendent of that Niccolò who purchased Palazzo Antinori in 1506 – who had already devoted a good deal of time to making Tuscan wines a fine quality, well-known product.
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