Villa Antinori bianco

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Trebbiano and Malvasia, 20% Tuscan Chardonnay

Climate

The beginning of Spring was characterized by rainfalls and slightly above average seasonal temperatures which favored an early budding of the different varieties. The following weather conditions determined excellent flowering and setting, resulting in a full-balanced production .The excessive rainfalls which characterized most of the Summer, from mid July onwards, created some difficulties in the ripening of the grapes and their healthiness. Weather conditions were not stable during the last three weeks of harvest: favorable at the beginning (allowing the non-picked grapes to reach maturity) and characterized by rainfalls at the end.
The 2002 harvest has been one of the most difficult of the past years. In some areas we had excellent quality-wise production while in other areas results were not satisfying mainly due to the unfavorable climate conditions.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. The must was then cooled to 10°C in order to induce clarification, and racked into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature that was kept below 18°C. The wine was then transferred and stored for a short period in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 10°C (to preserve its youthful characteristics) and bottled.
Alcohol : 12,0% Vol.

Historical data

Villa Antinori Bianco was first introduced by Niccolò Antinori (Piero's father) with the 1931 vintage; the label had remained unchanged, though it was slightly restyled with the 1989 vintage. Through the decades, Villa Antinori Bianco has become very well known all over the world. In the 1980s, Chardonnay was added to the blend for additional structure. Today the Chardonnay used in this wine comes from the #Monteloro# Vineyards (Antinori property) located to the north of Florence, near Fiesole.

Tasting notes

Brilliant pale straw in colour with intense flowers' aromas. On the palate is fresh and soft.