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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli 2005
Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli 2005
(search item no. 91727)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah

Introduced in 1988 with the 1985 vintage, Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG is the archetypal modern Chianti Classico. In a departure from traditional Chiantis, Pèppoli combines the complexity and structure of a well-aged riserva with the fruity fragrance of a young wine. This style is made possible by a unique microclimate where east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich rocky soils that are perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese. The wine further benefits from the use of better Sangiovese clones, severe grape bunch selection, delayed and cluster harvest when necessary. The wine is produced on Antinori's Pèppoli Estate, which extends over 100 hectares (247 acres), 55 (136 acres) of which are under vine.

Intense red fruit aromas, especially redcurrants and raspberries, are amplified by light hints of vanilla and coffee sensations. This full-bodied wine is pleasantly lingering with soft, sweet tannins. It should be drunk while still young for full expression of the fruit.

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About Antinori:

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.