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Marchese Antinori Riserva 2011

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Blend: Chianti Classico DOCG
Vineyard: Peppoli, Tuscany
Grape: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah
Bottle: 0,75l
Alcohol: 13,5% vol.
Serving temperature: 18-20°C



Availability: In stock

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    Tasting notes

    A very intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, the 2011 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico shows aromas of great ripeness characterized by notes of such red fruit as cherries, raspberries, and red currants along with liquorice and vanilla. On the palate, the roundness and firmness of the tannins give much drinking pleasure despite the wine’s young age. The lingering finish and aftertaste add length and enjoyment.


    Autumn of 2010 and the winter of 2011 were characterized by cold and rainy weather and by a bit of snowfall at the end of 2010. Early 2011, instead, was somewhat dry, with a mild spring which led to an early bud burst, ten days ahead of the seasonal average in the zone. The growing season was quite favorable until July, which was cool, returning the cycle of vine development to seasonal norms. The wines then suffered from a prolonged period of high temperatures, a heat wave which began around August 10th and continued up until mid-September. The Sangiovese grapes continued their ripening, though slowed by the extended heat, but then benefitted from the change in climate which began around September 25th; nighttime temperatures dropped and the swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness aided grape development, allowing picking to begin on September 27th and to conclude by October 10th. The picking of the Cabernet was concentrated during the first ten days of October - it began with the earlier-ripening vineyard parcels and concluded with the higher lying areas. A careful selection of the grape bunches was very important in the case of all the different grape varieties, as was, to an even greater extent, the selection of the individual berries on the sorting tables; thanks to these fundamentally important operations, it was possible to ferment grapes of very high potential, a crop  which, from the very beginning, gave musts rich in color and structure with excellent ripeness and much varietal character.


    The climatic conditions of the vintage imposed, from the moment of the harvest itself, a careful selection of the bunches and even of the individual berries; the bunches were delicately destemmed and the berries rigorously selected on the sorting tables in order to maintain to the maximum extent the aromatic and flavor typicality so essential both in Sangiovese-based wines and in the Cabernet as well. Once in the stainless steel tanks, the fermentation lasted approximately a week and was followed by a further nine to ten day period of skin contact. After being run off its skins, the wine went immediately into small oak barrels, principally French in origin, where it was put through a spontaneous malolactic fermentation which finished by the end of the year. After racking, the wines, still separated on the basis of their vineyard provenance, were aged for approximately a year in French and Hungarian oak barrels. The wine was then bottled and given a further twelve months of bottle aging before release.

    Historical data

    The Marchese Antinori Riserva is produced only in superior vintages, utilizing exclusively the grapes of the Tignanello estate vineyards, located in the township of Mercatale Val di Pesa in the Chianti Classico hills.

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