An intense ruby red in color, this wine shows complex aromas of ripe red fruit, vanilla and hints of pepper. The wine is firmly structured with supple tannins and a lengthy finish.
Principally Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah
• The 2014 vintage was marked by frequent precipitation and mild temperatures during the winter and spring months.
• The summer was hot, but continued rainfall slowed the ripening of the grapes.
• The picking of the Sangiovese and the Cabernet began in late September and ended during the first week of October.
• Villa Antinori was first introduced in 1928 by Niccolò Antinori, Piero Antinori’s father, as the first Chianti specifically produced to improve with age.
• With the 2001 vintage, Villa Antinori became an IGT Toscana wine, allowing Antinori to have complete control of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle. All the grapes in Villa Antinori Rosso come exclusively from Antinori’s top estate-owned vineyards.
• Each varietal in the blend is grown in the terroir best suited to it: Sangiovese in Chianti Classico and Montalcino; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bolgheri; and Syrah in Cortona.
• The grapes were de-stemmed and given a soft pressing. Maceration took place in stainless steel tanks and lasted 8-12 days, varying by grape variety and ripeness.
• The wine completed fermentation at differing temperatures depending on the varietal.
• Malolactic fermentation took place in November. A portion was transferred to French, American and Hungarian oak barriques.
• The wine was bottled in June 2016.
A linear and fresh red with citrus and dried berry and hints of cedar. Medium body, light tannins and a savory finish. Drink now. - James Suckling 90 Points
The entry-level 2014 Villa Antinori is aromatically nuanced, bright and impeccably balanced, all of which is truly remarkable for the vintage and for the wine’s very fair price. This Sangiovese-based red from the Antinori family is a consistently terrific value, as it is once again in 2014. - Vinous Media 88 Points