Published under Weekly Tastings
June 30, 2013
Nothing is static in the Antinori family. New enterprises throughout Italy, plus ventures in California, Washington State, Chile and Hungary exemplify the breathless pace of Piero Antinori’s dreams. But a brand new venture on his home turf of Chianti Classico? Yes indeed, as this new label now adds up to four distinct Antinori Chianti Classico bottlings. The newest estate is dubbed “Villa Antinori,” not to be confused with the landmark, white-labeled “Marchese Antinori” brand. Confusingly, although there was a Villa Antinori bottling in the past, this is a brand new venture with a new brick and mortar physical estate. The wine itself consists of 90% Sangiovese grapes with 10% Merlot added to a wine aged in small oak barriques. So, please welcome a very impressive new member of the clan.
Surprisingly deep, dusky ruby color with glints of brown. Overt, fresh-picked fruit sensations with nose of dark cherry, saddle leather, beef tallow and wet earth elements. The ripe, heady bouquet leads to powerful, dense flavors with considerable tannins on its grainy mouth texture. Taste elements include plum compote, espresso and unsweetened chocolate notes. A statement wine, and not your father’s Chianti Classico! Drink now-2020.
*Can sometimes be found for less.
P.S. This review first appeared 6/26/13 on Durham Magazine’s blog (entry entitled “Wine Wednesdays.”) Please look for it every late Wednesday afternoon @ DurhamMag.com