Marchese Antinori

Vintage

Classification

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva

Climate

The winter of 2014 was characterized by mild weather with temperatures slightly above seasonal averages. This led to an early bud burst for the Sangiovese grapes and the other complementary varieties. Spring was also mild and dry, leading to a positive flowering and bud set.
The summer, a bit unstable in its weather, slowed the processes of color change and ripening, which came back into balance, however, during the first part of September thanks to days of warm and sunny weather. The harvest took place between mid-September and early October.

Vinification

Upon arriving in the cellars, the grape bunches were destemmed and the berries carefully selected on sorting tables before being delicately pressed to fully conserve the typical components and aromas, so important for the Sangiovese variety. The must, once in the stainless steel fermentation tanks, was  macerated on its skins and worked with soft techniques to guarantee and extraction which was both intense and also controlled to assure elegance and softness of structure. The fermentation lasted approximately week, after which the wine remained in contact with its skins for a further nine to ten days.
After being run off its skins, the wine went into 60 gallon oak barrels, coopered principally from French oak, where, by the end of the year, it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked and blended and aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels for approximately a year. It was then bottled and given an additional twelve months of bottle aging prior to release.

Historical data

The Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, since the 2011 vintage, has been produced exclusively from the grapes of the Tenuta Tignanello estate in the township of Mercatale Val di Pesa, located in the Chianti Classico production zone.

Tasting notes

An intense ruby red in color, the wine offers a fruity and floral nose with additional notes of spices and toasted oak. The palate is supple and balanced and the toasty and fruity sensations linger on a fragrant and persistent finish.