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January 15, 2016

Antinori Tignanello 2013

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Tignanello is perennially one of the most highly sought after and exciting releases of the year and we are delighted to be able to offer a pre-release of the 2013 at £265 per case of six. The 2013 vintage in Tuscany has been long awaited, since the murmurings began that it will potentially surpass the mighty 2010 and 2007. While most of Europe struggled in 2013 Tuscany excelled, a cool spring lowered yields, while a cool summer ripened the grapes slowly and Autumn followed suit allowing the grape growers to pick ripe and balanced fruit. Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate is yet to taste Tigananello 2013, but has tasted Sassicaia 2013 awarding it her highest ever score and stating that ‘the 2013 vintage promises greatness’.

As the table below demonstrates Tignanello experiences an attractive vintage premium, consistently rising in price once in bottle. In truly great vintages such as 2010 this is accentuated, the 2010 already trades at £330, a 25% increase in a couple of years. Indeed the balance and freshness of the 2013 vintage is reminiscent of the highly sought-after 2010 vintage. No major critics have released their score, however the market expects something special with universal acclaim. Today’s price release offers the opportunity to secure Tignanello 2013 before the market reacts to its potential.

Vintage Score (AG*) Price
2013 N/A £265
2012 95 £265
2011 95 £270
2010 96 £320
2009 94 £280
2008 94 £350
2007 95 £360
2006 92 £450
2005 92 £360
2004 94 £550

*Antonio Galloni

Tignanello is a darling across the world and one of the few major names to still release under £300 per six pack. Its importance is affirmed in its inclusion in the Liv-ex Super Tuscan Index alongside Masseto, Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Solaia. The reason for the superb price on release is that Tignanello has high production, with the capacity to make close to 30,000 cases a year. However, as soon as the vintage sells out, demand forces the price steadily higher.

It was Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia that fashioned the genesis of Super Tuscans; however it was Piero Antinori and his chef-d’oeuvre Tignanello that created the vanguard spreading the word and cementing their great potential. In this respect Tignanello was the second official Super Tuscan, using Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Yet unlike Sassicaia it is not a recreation of Bordeaux style claret, instead a representation of the subtlety, depth and versatility of the great and noble Sangiovese.

Tignanellos malolactic fermentation is carried out in French oak and then transferred to French barrique for 14 months, followed by a year in bottle. In fact, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese based wine to be aged in small French oak barrels. Tignanello offers an expression of Sangiovese quite unlike any other wine. It is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Tignanello is grown in the Chianti Classico designated area (between Greve and the Pesa river valleys), further inland than the coastal Bolgheri, where the grapes get the right amount of sunshine to ripen fully. The vineyards are cited at extremely high altitude; 1150–1312 feet above sea level, in the Santa Cristina Estate, known also as Tenuta Tignanello. This means the vineyards are found at the highest altitude in the region of Chianti Classico, thus benefiting from a cooler temperature which helps the wine retain a wonderful freshness and balanced acidity.

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