Grapes Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2019 growing season in Chianti Classico was defined by rather normal climatic conditions: winter was rather
cold with limited rainfall and the first half of spring was cool and rainy especially during the months of April and May. Summer weather was hot, uninterrupted by major heat spikes, with slightly higher than average precipitation levels, which ensured a normal growth cycle of both the vines and the grape clusters.
Ideal climatic conditions set in at the end of August and continued throughout September and October, allowing all grape varieties grown in the Tignanello vineyard to reach optimal ripeness. Harvesting activities began in the second half of September with Sangiovese, and were concluded on the 16th of October with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tignanello is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged for 14 months in French and Hungarian oak. Tignanello 2019 has a deep ruby red color. Its nose offers an exceptional complexity: notes of strawberries and pomegranate give way to delicate aromas of apricots and peaches, accompanied by elegant notes of vanilla, dried flowers, chocolate, and nutmeg. Its bouquet is completed by notes of coffee, caramel, and aromatic Mediterranean herbs. A graceful and mouth-filling palate presents silky, vibrant tannins and imparts liveliness, sapidity, and a lengthy flavour profile. The aftertaste features notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
“The 2018 Tignanello is a wine of breathtaking purity. Impossibly silky and persistent, the 2018 is all class, all the way. In many ways, the 2018 reminds me of the 2004 because of its finesse , but it has an extra degree of nuance that reflects important strides that have been made at the estate in the intervening years. Winemaking today is more gentle, while new oak is also less intrusive. The result is a Tignanello that bristles with class. The purity of the flavors alone is mesmerizing. Bright red-toned berries, mocha, spice, cedar, new leather and licorice are some of the many notes that linger on a finish framed by silky, perfectly ripe tannins"
97 Points Antonio Galloni February 5th 2021