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Villa Antinori Tuscana Rosso

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Villa Antinori Tuscana Rosso

The Antinori story has been recognized as one of the truly unique wine family histories in the world. After 26 generations the Marchesi Antinori, as seen on CBS’ 60 minutes, announced that with no male heir for the first time the family business will not be passed on the a son but to his  daughters Albiera, Alessia and Allegra. "I think he saw us interested and said 'Why not? What’s wrong with girls?' And so took his chance of expecting his daughters to fall in love with business," Albiera Antinori says.

And that they did. Now all three travel the countryside and the world, helping to grow, promote and market Antinori wines. They sold 17 million bottles last year, $200 million worth, making a healthy profit. And though the business now involves spreadsheets and science, the basics still come, as they have for centuries, from down on the farm.

Albiera Antinori says the family still regards itself as farmers. "This is our origin. Still now in modern times, we are basically, farmers."

Villa Antinori is the result of a selection of grapes originating exclusively from the Antinori Estates in Tuscany: only grapes born, raised, ripened, and harvested on the Antinori Estates and vinified in their own cellars.

Both of the Villa Antinori wines are born from traditional Tuscan grapes (such as Sangiovese for the Villa Antinori Red, and Trebbiano for the Villa Antinori Bianco). They come from vines that, although not native, have developed maturity, elegance, and a typically Tuscan personality as a result of growing on the Antinori Estates.

Just as the wine evolves in a wooden barrel or in the bottle, the wine has also evolved in history: the 80 years of Villa Antinori have been a long journey of evolution that has given life to a classic example of “Tuscanity”.

The Wine

This wine was first created and marketed by Marquis Niccolò Antinori, father of Piero Antinori, in 1928 and was the first Chianti intended as a long-lasting wine capable of improving with age. In 2001 Piero Antinori inaugurated a new phase for Villa Antinori, which became a Tuscan IGT produced from a selection of better grapes grown exclusively in the vineyards of the Antinori proprietary estates in Tuscany.

Winemaker's Notes: The wine is intensely ruby red in color with aromas of ripe plums, sweet spices and dried fruit. On the palate, it has firm body yet supple, velvety tannins. It is long on the finish and has a savory aftertaste.

"This is fleshy and balanced, with black currant and blackberry notes accented by cedar, tobacco and spice details. Offers intensity and length in a contemporary style. Best from 2015 through 2022." - Wine Spectator 90 points+  (5 years in a row)

 

Price: $19.99
Reorders: $13.99


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