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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
(search item no. 54024)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Precisely ripe and perfectly balanced, this wine has an ease and tension, lasting on a crystal clear note of cherry, as if picked fresh off the tree in spring. There's more to it than just the cherry, with floral scents of violets and a lacy geode of minerals within the fruit. Luscious tannin smoothes the texture, making it approachable now; this blend of 90-percent sangiovese with cabernet sauvignon is more immediately accessible than the Badia a Passignano, and should age beautifully over the next 10 years."
-Wines & Spirits

Deep ruby red with garnet hues, it has pronounced cherry and violet fruit with tobacco, cedar and spicy leather nuances on the nose. It is a rich, full-bodied and rounded red wine of remarkable depth whose elegant structure will enable it to mature gracefully.

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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.