Antinori Villa Toscana 2006
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Intense ruby red color, this well structured wine presents aromas of red berries, blueberries and blackberries, with notes of vanilla. The palate is complex and stylish with soft tannins and a long lasting red berry finish.
Wine Spectator - "Complex aromas of blackberry and mushroom, with hints of grilled meat. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and juicy, rich fruit. Harmonious and long in the mouth. Delicious already. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best after 2010. 216,665 cases made."
The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit. View all Antinori Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.9 out of 5 stars
8 ratings, 6 with reviewsBob Corcoran - Medford, MA411/30/2010Liquid Velvet, wonderful fruit and floral notes with hints of vanilla - a delightful bend widely available at $19.99 locally.delacampo - Chicago, IL36/18/2017511/23/2012Always consistently amazing for the moneyANGEL CUENTAS - Chula Vista, CA49/18/2010
EXCELENT ITALIAN WINEponza tony - Branford, CT36/7/201154/9/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Fruity nose and wonderful on the palate. 60% Sangiovese for suppleness, 20% Cab for structure, 15% Merlot for elegance, 5% Syrah for spice. 12 months in oak for slight sweetness. Truly a great table wine and I will enjoy this with my pasta tonight.311/30/2010I bought this wine to try Toscana and was surprised. nice fruity flavor, hint of pepper and vanilla. some acid. minimal tannin. I would air this wine for at least couple hours before drinking.pcguy74 - Green Bay, WI49/25/2010I've got a few of these in my collection now and will keep some to see how they age. For the price this is a GREAT example of a Tuscan wine.
- Smooth & Supple