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Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 750ML 2011      
Sku: 19864

Tasting notes
Intense red fruit aromas, especially redcurrants and raspberries, are amplified by light hints of vanilla and coffee sensations. This full-bodied wine is pleasantly lingering with soft, sweet tannins. It should be drunk while still young for full expression of the fruit.

 Wine Spectator 89 points
The 2011 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is a new wine from recently acquired vineyards in San Sano, which lies in the province of Siena, where Sangiovese tends to be dark and powerful in nature. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and leather take shape as this Riserva opens up in the glass. A dollop of Merlot adds palate weight and plenty of appeal. The Riserva is a bit less forward and fruit-driven than the straight Villa Antinori, but has gorgeous savory and mineral notes.
Summer heat in 2011, resulting from drying winds that caused spots of heat stress across the Italian peninsula, shows its mark in the grand wines of Italy’s flagship estate. I was especially interested to see how Tignanello and Solaia would perform this year. No doubt, these are standout wines, but there’s no denying the ripe tones packed deep within the flesh of these two vino italiano protagonists. They do not reach the grand heights of recent years.
Black cherry, cedar, tobacco and incense aromas and flavors are matched to a finely grained structure in this red. The finish is austere, so temper with food. A cocoa accent lingers. Drink now through 2020. 14,000 cases imported. BS

Wine maker notes
Crafted from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, the 2010 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is intense ruby red in color with fruit and spice aromas. Light touches from the oak aging underscore the cherry and red berry notes that are typical of the Sangiovese grape. The wine's flavors are harmonious on the palate with tannins that are balanced and ripe. The lingering finish is vibrant with a pleasing minerality, which is typical of Chianti Classico.

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti Classico
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Sangiovese
Type: Still wine
Classification: DOCG
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