villa antinori chianti classico riserva 2018 750ml
The climate of the 2016 growing season was an extremely regular one and respected in its various phases the typical comportment of Chianti Classico as a territory. A rather cold and dry winter preceded a generally damp springtime in the months of March and April, distinguished by regular temperatures which assisted in a perfect development of the vegetation and optimal phases of both bud break and then bud set. The summer was warm, particularly during July, a month characterized by rather high temperature peaks; the nights, nonetheless, remained cool, favoring the growth of the grape bunches and avoiding any particular problems of stress. The month of August, warm but punctuated by rainfall as well, guaranteed a perfect start of the ripening phase. Picking began during the second half of September during dry and breezy weather.
The grapes, after destemming and a soft pressing, went into stainless steel fermenting tanks where the fermentation took place at temperatures held to a maximum of 86Â° Fahrenheit (30Â° centigrade). The period of skin contact during fermentation lasted fifteen days during which various mechanical techniques were utilized to extract, in a controlled manner, aroma, structure, and round and supple tannins. After the malolactic fermentation, which took place in stainless steel tanks for the Sangiovese and in small oak barrels used once or twice previously for the other grape varieties, the various lots were blended together and continued their aging process, principally in larger casks and partly in barrel, up until the spring of 2018. The bottling took place during the month of July, 2018.
Villa Antinori is, first and foremost, an idea, a way of conceiving the production of wine: on the one hand, experimentation and evolution, on the other hand, continuity in tradition.
Sangiovese and other complementary grape varieties render their homage to an historic label and a wine with a long tradition, this name, in fact, is almost one hundred years old, as the wine was produced for the first time in the 1928 vintage. With the inauguration of the Antinori Chianti Classico cellars, the family wished to reinterpret a Tuscan classic with a Riserva offering which is both delicate and, at the same time, elegant and decisive in flavor.
Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red in color. The nose shows intensely fruity notes of ripe cherries, red currants, and wild berry fruit along with well integrated notes of toasted oak and tobacco, and a touch of balsamic sensations. The palate is ample and enveloping, savory, soft in its tannins and velvety in texture. The finish and aftertaste are long and persistent.
Made with 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points - Wine Spectator
"Black currant, cedar, olive, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors suggest Cabernet in the blend, in a positive sense. This red is fluid, elegant and firmly structured, with fine balance and a long, gripping finish. The taut profile shows the potential for aging. Best from 2022 through 2038."
92 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori (made with Sangiovese and a tiny bit of Merlot to soften out the edges) is a linear and broad red wine that would pair with simple meat or pasta dishes. You get tons of fruit here with cherry, blackberry and a touch of soft baking spice woven in on the close. This pretty vintage is focused and sharp in character."
92 points - James Suckling
"A firm and fresh Chianti Classico with wet earth and spice and hints of mushrooms. Full-to medium-bodied, structured and tannic, yet very polished and refined. Delicious and elegant. Drink now or hold."
90 points - Decanter
"Antinori's historic label is based on Chianti Classico's tradition of blending Sangiovese with a small amount of other grape varieties; in this case Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malvasia Nera. Aged predominantly in large oak casks, it offers charming notes of sweet garden herbs, wild cherry and cinnamon. A flinty edge counters the ripe easygoing core and powdery tannins are yielding. This will give plenty of pleasure in the near term. Drinking Window 2020 - 2025"
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