A summer storm passed through and bestowed us with a few precious drops of rain and mellowed the sweltering heat and humidity to a more manageable level. The decreased temperature had me fancying a luscious and velvety glass, so I was inspired to pop open Villa Antinori Toscana 2008. Beginning in 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori registered as a member of the Winemakers’Guild of the city of Florence, the Antinori family has been making wine for over 6 centuries and 26 generations. Throughout this long, significant history, the family has always maintained a “fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory”. Today the estate is headed by Marquis Piero Antinori along with his 3 daughters. Employing the family motto of “tradition, passion and intuition”, they continue to experiment and innovate with techniques such as modern and traditional fermentation methods, and different types of oak and barrel sizes for different varietals. The Toscana was first made in 1928 by Piero’s father as a Chianti that could be aged and improve over time. In 2001 Piero revitalized the wine by making it a Tuscan IGT produced with the best selection of grapes sourced throughout their estates. The label has remained the very same since 1928.
Deep ruby garnet in colour, aromas of cigar box spice, vanilla, cherry and forest radiated enticingly from my glass. Lush black cherry and blueberry flavours were supported by smooth chocolate and herbaceous fennel notes in the medium to full body. Wisps of smoky cedar embraced sultry spicy elements of black pepper and licorice in the lengthy finish. Velvety and plush with a dynamic character, it’s a passionate guest at the table or all on its own.
55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah
Bottled by Marchesi Antinori, S. r. L. Firenze
Enjoy now thru 2014
*Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate