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August 12, 2013

Antonio Galloni 2010 Super Tuscan Vintage scores

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“In my view, 2010 will go down as one of the great all-time vintages in Tuscany.” Antonio Galloni

Antonio Galloni since 2006 has been Robert Parker’s critic for Italy; as a result the market now accepts his scores and appraisal as the benchmark. His polemical split from the Wine Advocate has resulted in his new company Vinousmedia. This has delayed his scores somewhat; however, he has just released his highly anticipated scores for the 2010 vintage. His judgement is indubitable; ‘In my view, 2010 will go down as one of the great all-time vintages in Tuscany. The wines show beautifully delineated aromatics, punchy fruit and vibrant, mouth-watering acidity, a combination I personally find very appealing, especially at the dinner table.’ Antonio Galloni

We recently released Tignanello 2010 and Sassicaia 2010, suggesting that they are more of a classic style vintage, different from the fleshy 2009. Galloni has declared them a triumph scoring both 96 points. This makes it the highest ever scoring Tignanello from Galloni and by association the Wine Advocate. We believe this wine is extraordinary value. It was the defining Super Tuscan, yet unlike most others retains the Sangiovese grape, stylistically made in the Bordeaux style. We are listing lowest in the market for six bottle cases at £250 and for a wine of its global acclaim and given the unprecedented score it is a must have, the 95 scoring 2007 already trades at £350 a six pack, this is an absolute must buy.

Tignanello 2010, 96 Points Antonio Galloni – £250 (6×75) OWC IB
Antinori’s 2010 Tignanello is stunning, as it has been since I started tasting the component wines in 2011. Firm yet sweet, silky tannins form the backbone for this gorgeous, vivid wine. Dark red cherries, plums, cloves, mint and sage inform a Tignanello that impresses for its delineation, nuance and power. Clean, saline notes support the mineral-drenched finish. The 2010 isn’t huge, but rather is a vertical wine endowed with tremendous energy and vibrancy. I can’t remember a Tignanello with this much crystalline tension and pure energy. Simply put, the 2010 Tignanello is a magnificent, towering wine from Antinori. Antonio Galloni

The fact that the Sassicaia 2010 has been awarded 96 points means that it now equals the 96 point 2008, a wine we view as undervalued at £1,260 (£630 in a six pack), the 97 point 2007 trades at £1,700 a case. The 2010 is instantly undervalued for £1,100 and considering that Sassicaia is now considered the first growth of Italy it is one to own for investment and to drink in years to come.

Sassicaia 2010, 96 Points Antonio Galloni – £550 (6×75) OWC IB, £1,100 (12×75) OWC IB
The 2010 Sassicaia is intensely saline, savory and energetic. Rosemary, sage, plums and black cherry notes meld into graphite, crushed rocks and a host of other more mineral-inflected nuances. Beautifully persistent and chiseled in the glass, the 2010 is ultimately all about energy. This is going to be a fascinating vintage to follow. Antonio Galloni

The fact that the Sassicaia 2010 has been awarded 96 points means that it now equals the 96 point 2008, a wine we view as undervalued at £1,260 (£630 in a six pack), the 97 point 2007 trades at £1,700 a case. The 2010 is instantly undervalued for £1,100 and considering that Sassicaia is now considered the first growth of Italy it is one to own for investment and to drink in years to come.