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Antinori is a world famous producer of Tuscan wines, their history going back literally centuries. The Villa Antinori is the estate where the Chianti Classico wines have been produced for many years. This wine is a natural progression from their Chianti Classico. As the Antinoris recognized how non-native grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah raised the level of quality of their wine they started blending more and more and finally could no longer use the DOC designation and so it became a Super Tuscan IGT. But the quality they've reached is exceptional, especially as they've experimented more with aging in small oak barrels. A wine that over-delivers every vintage, James Suckling just scored it 92 points saying "Pretty bright fruit with currants and berries on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Excellent this year. Tuscan international style. 55% sangiovese, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 5% syrah. Drink or hold."
This is a very satisfying wine, elegant, sufficient fruit for most tastes and sufficient backbone to ensure that it is excellent with food. It is well made and has lots of finesse and style. I like this wine a lot and will be buying it again.
I first learned about Villa Antinori while watching a food network show. I searched for it online to no avail. I spotted an Antinori sangiovese blend by the glass on a dinner menu while on vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was excellent to say the least. Was thrilled when I saw it on wineexpress.com. Did not disappoint!!!