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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1998
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1998
(search item no. 59309)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Magnificant! Deep ruby red; complex on the nose. Full-structured and velvety, with rich perfumes and hints of flowers, vanilla and chocolate. Well structured and balance with a lengthy finish.

The end of Winter and the beginning of Spring were mild and very dry, which favoured early budding of the vines and accelerated the vegetative cycle - until the stabilising effect of some rainfall in May. Flowering took place in the same average period as other vintages. June was very hot and this accelerated the growth of the grapes and of the vegetative cycle by about 10-12 days. The Summer months were very hot and sunny with temperatures well above average - particularly in July with long periods without any rainfall. This meant that the growth rate of the vines slowed down slightly and, on average, the grapes ripened about a week earlier than in average vintages. In all the estates a careful thinning of the red variety grapes was carried out during the month of August, in order to ensure that the remaining grapes would ripen in the best conditions.

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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.