Visually, the wine presents itself with an intense ruby red color. It has the characteristic fragrance of an elegant, fine wine with a freshness which reflects the climatic progression of this vintage year. The intense aromas of red fruit stand out, indicative of the optimal conservation of the fruit. On the palate the wine is well-balanced, with warm notes of vanilla and chocolate, derived from the contact with wood. It is characterized by a wonderful mineral content, with sweet tannins and a pleasant persistence. It is a refined and elegant wine which is well-suited for extended bottle-aging.
"Very rich aromas of blackberry jam, toasty oak and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and beautiful fruit. A rich and polished red. Drink now. 9,165 cases made."
"The estate's 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchesi Antinori is sweet, supple and perfumed, with attractive layers of dark fruit that emerge from its medium-bodied frame. The wine possesses terrific intensity in a graceful, weightless style that is sure to find many admirers. The 2005 is an especially successful version of this bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated ruby-red color. Blackcurrant, licorice and a hint of spicy smoke on the nose. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with lovely cut and intensity to its red fruit, oak and tar flavors. The long finish features building but smooth tannins and fresh acidity. "
International Wine Cellar