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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1997
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1997
(search item no. 52199)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The latter part of winter and the beginning of Spring were very mild for the time of year and also very dry. This produced early budding - some 10 days earlier than average. In April the temperature suddenly dropped, causing and arrest in growth of the buds. The Summer was very hot and sunny and this weather continued for the whole of September and for the duration of the harvest, which meant that at the time of picking, the grapes were exceptionally healthy and with a high sugar concentration. Overall the 1997 harvest was somewhat less than expected in terms of quantity - but in terms of quality, this is an exceptional vintage, probably even better than the much acclaimed 1990 vintage and one of the greatest of the last fifty years. Full-structured and velvety, with rich perfumes and hints of flowers, vanilla and chocolate.
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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.