Tignanello is produced exclusively from the vineyard of the same name, an area of 140 acres, with limestone-rich soils and a southwestern exposure, at 350-400 meters above sea level at the Tignanello estate. It was the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in small oak barrels, the first modern red wine to use such non-traditional varieties as Cabernet in the blend, and among the first red wines from the Chianti Classico area to be produced without white grapes.
This was a pioneering red Tuscan wine in its time and part of the ‘Super Tuscan’ early generation, that changed the face of Italian reds. It takes its name from the Tenuta di Tignanello production area in the town of San Casciano the first vintage made was 1970. Today it has become a real collector’s item and Wine Trust is delighted to have secured an allocation.
The Tenuta Tignanello estate is in the heart of Chianti Classico, in the gently rolling hillsides between the Greve and Pesa river valleys. It extends over an area of 788 acres, of which about 321 acres are dedicated to vines. Two of the estate’s prized vineyards are on the same hillside, Tignanello and Solaia, on soils that originated from marine marlstone from the Pliocene period rich in limestone and schist. The vines enjoy hot temperatures during the day and cooler evenings throughout the growing season. The estate’s two signature wines, Solaia and Tignanello, are produced from these vineyards and have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture”. According to Marchesi Antinori, Solaia and Tignanello are an ongoing challenge and a never-ending passion. The Tignanello estate has vineyards of indigenous Sangiovese grapes as well as some other untraditional varieties such as Cabernet Franc.
85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Works well with beef, lamb & game, or pair with a rich pasta dish.