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2008 Antinori Marchese Riserva Chianti (750ML) - Duo Pack

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Full body well structured with supple tannins and dark fruit

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The Season
The 2008 growing season was truly one to remember: a mild winter was followed by intense spring rain, followed by a beautiful, dry summer.  After a very hot July, August was cool with frequent rain showers and then September was warm during the day and cool at night, perfect for the maturation of Sangiovese and other red varietals.  Harvest was completed within the first three weeks of September; the beautiful weather allowed for a calm and systematic collecting of only the best grape bunches. 

The Vineyard
Marchese Antinori is produced exclusively from the finest, most highly selected grapes grown on the Tignanello, Pèppoli and Badia a Passignano estates in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone in Chianti Classico.

The Process
After destemming and soft crushing, the grapes were placed in stainless steel vats where alcoholic fermentation took place.  The phenolic and aromatic components were extracted through a fairly long maceration. Fermentation took place at average temperatures, with frequent racking and délestage.  After alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously by the end of the year when the wine was put in French 60 gallon oak barrels.  After malolactic fermentation, the wines were selected, blended and placed in the same barriques for 12 months of aging.  At the end of the aging period, every single barrique was tasted and the necessary selections made, after which the wine was bottled, and aged for another year before being released.

The Experience
Intense ruby red in color, the Marchese Antinori 2008 shows a nose with captivating notes of ripe blackberry, plum and wild cherry perfectly reflecting the characteristics of the growing season. On the palate the wine is well structured, with supple tannins both sweet and rounded; the lengthy finish promises long life and the aftertaste recalls, together, notes of ripe red fruit and licorice.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Chianti, Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.

Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daugthers, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.

Each and every vintage, each and every separate area, each and every idea which is to be put into practice is a new beginning, a new search for higher quality standards. As Marquis Piero Antinori likes to repreat: “ancient roots play an important role in our work. But have never been a limit to our innovative spirit”. The estates in Tuscany and Umbria, the historic patrimony of the family, have been joined, over time, by investments in other territories with an important potential for high level wine both in Italy and abroad, in places where it would be possible to begin working for a larger prestige and wider awareness of the family’s ability to produce outstanding wine.

The Marchesi Antinori firm expresses its passion for viticulture by a constant search for even the smallest areas for quality improvement. For this reason, continuous experiments go forward both in the vineyards and in the cellars, seeking new clones of local and international grape varieties, experimenting cultivation techniques, vineyard altitudes, fermentation practices an temperatures, modern and traditional fermentation methods, different types of oak for aging and different sizes and age for the casks and barrels themselves, and different aging times before their commercial release for the bottled wines as well.
Wine Spectator - 90 pts
"An international style, with smoky aromas and flavors that overlay black cherry, tobacco and tea. Harmonious, coming together with air. Decant or cellar. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases imported." – BS

Wine Advocate - 91 pts
"... The Riserva Marchese Antinori includes 10% international varieties in addition to the Sangiovese, which does make it the wine closest to Tignanello in the Antinori lineup. The 2008 is a big, broad shouldered wine with dark red cherries, tobacco, licorice and herbs in a medium to full-bodied style supported by vibrant tannins and mouth watering acidity. The Riserva Marchese Antinori shows terrific length and balance through to the dark, authoritative finish..." - Antonio Galloni

Past Vintage
2007 - Wine Advocate: 91 pts; Wine Spectator: 90 pts
2006 - Wine Advocate: 92 pts
Aging Potential: 10-15 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Appellation: Chianti, Italy
Body: Full
Color: Ruby
Flavor Pairing: Tomato Base, Herb Roast, Braise
Food Pairing: Steak, Seafood, Poultry, Pork, Lamb, Duck
On the Nose: Tobacco, Plum, Cigar Box, Blackberry, Black Cherry
On the Palate: Tannins, Licorice, Dried Herbs
Serving Recommendation: Room Temperature, Let it Breathe, Cup Glass in Hand to Warm Slightly
Texture: Velvety
Varietal: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

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