2008 tignanello, toscana
Why We're Buying
Antinori Tignanello Toscana is a wine ahead of its time. It was the first barrel-aged sangiovese. It was the first modern red wine blend with cabernet. It even veered away from Chianti’s traditional white grapes. As a result, Tignanello Toscana launched the Super Tuscan movement en route to universal critical acclaim.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Tignanello is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. The 2008 isn’t a huge or obvious Tignanello, rather it is a wine that impresses for its sublime elegance and precision. Understated layers of fruit caress the palate like cashmere in this impeccable, soft wine. There is not a hard edge to be found. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that come through on the finish. The flavor profile is decidedly on the dark side, but the wine’s structure is medium in body and intensity. In 2008 the Tignanello has more energy, focus and length than the Solaia. It is a fabulous achievement! The 2008 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3rd new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.