Villa Antinori Toscana – Wine of the Month

 Villa Antinori Toscana (Red) 2007

SPECIAL OFFER SAVE €5 – Usual Price €17.99  –  Now €12.99

Grape Varieties: 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Merlot, 5% Syrah.

This wine was first introduced in 1928 by Marquis Niccolo Antinori, the father of Piero Antinori. At that point it was produced as Chianti and was the first one made in a style making it suitable for aging and improving over time.

In 2001, Piero Antinori launched a new step in the evolution of Villa Antinori, making it a Tuscan IGT rather than a Chianti and producing it from the best available grapes from estates located in the region of Tuscany. It would no longer be made as Chianti as it went outside the laws governing the production of that wine. To be labeled Chianti the wine must have a minimum of 75% Sangiovese in the blend.

During the vinification stage, the wine undergoes Malolactic Fermentation, followed by 12 months aging in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. It then get a further 8 months in bottle before release.

Tasting Note: It has an intense ruby colour, with purple tinges. On the nose it is full and complex with notes of plum jam, mint, chocolate and tobacco with pleasant underlying vanilla from the oak aging. On the palate, it has excellent structure, complex with soft, velvety tannins and good balancing acidity.

Also included on monthly special-

Villa Antinori Bianco – Save €3

Usual Price €12.99  –  Now €9.99.

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