I remember a very nice scene from my favorite wine movie “Sideways”. In that scene Miles (Paul Giamatti) was talking about 1961 Cheval Blanc which he had and he was saying that he wanted to open the wine on a very special occasion. Then, as a reply Maya (Virginia Madsen) says to him that “just opening a Cheval Blanc is a special occasion”. I also like this philosophy and always try to open a bottle of good wine with the people whom I love together with the nice and delicious dishes which we cook at home.
So I decided to open “Tignanello 2004” in respect of this mentality. May be the wine would have much more years to go (which I was sure about that), however, in any case it had some certain drinkable potential. As a result, it was a bottle of Tignanello and we should have honored the wine! 🙂
I have to tell that I decanted the wine for about an hour and then we saw the wine’s great complexity in each second has passed.
One of Italy’s most prestigious producers “Antionori” is producing this Toscana’s “super wine” which has 85% San Giovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.
The wine has deep ruby color with some claret highlights. On the front nose you feel significant black berries and licorice, tobacco, olive, dried tomatoes, spicy/herbal notes and some oaky notes are behind with great complexity and integration. After a while cinnamon aromas arrived to the nose as well.
On the palate it is fresh with vibrant acidity. Very elegant and round characters meet with a full bodied structure. There is very well balance and depth. On the palate fruity notes are more significant. Spicy, oaky notes and tobacco follows in a very nice integration. There is an elegance during the long finish where the fruit and oak (especially licorice) notes integrate.
Parker: 93 Points
WS: 95 points
Note: I bought this wine from Siena – Italy for 50 Euros in 2008. A real bargain…