Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2005

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

Price: $39.99
Item No. 102790
  • RP91
  • WS91
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1995
  • WS88
  • WE87
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Winemaker's Notes

Visually, the wine presents itself with an intense ruby red color. It has the characteristic fragrance of an elegant, fine wine with a freshness which reflects the climatic progression of this vintage year. The intense aromas of red fruit stand out, indicative of the optimal conservation of the fruit. On the palate the wine is well-balanced, with warm notes of vanilla and chocolate, derived from the contact with wood. It is characterized by a wonderful mineral content, with sweet tannins and a pleasant persistence. It is a refined and elegant wine which is well-suited for extended bottle-aging.

Critical Acclaim

"Very rich aromas of blackberry jam, toasty oak and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and beautiful fruit. A rich and polished red. Drink now. 9,165 cases made."
91 Points

"The estate's 2005 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchesi Antinori is sweet, supple and perfumed, with attractive layers of dark fruit that emerge from its medium-bodied frame. The wine possesses terrific intensity in a graceful, weightless style that is sure to find many admirers. The 2005 is an especially successful version of this bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
91 Points

"Saturated ruby-red color. Blackcurrant, licorice and a hint of spicy smoke on the nose. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with lovely cut and intensity to its red fruit, oak and tar flavors. The long finish features building but smooth tannins and fresh acidity. "
90 Points

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Rating:
(2/9/2011)
this is my new favorite with anything Italian!It's boldness and smoothness create an interesting balance.
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ANGEL CUENTAS - Chula Vista, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/23/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
VERY GOOD CHIANTI...
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Learn About Antinori Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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