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2015 Villa Antinori Toscana IGT

January 18, 2019 - Norman Bentley
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The wine world keeps evolving. I read some reviews of a recent vintage of the Villa Antinori Toscana IGT which I wrote about eight years ago, and decided to compare notes. Here is what was said recently, and below that are my comments from back in 2011 on the 2009 vintage.

An intense ruby red in color, the wine shows a complex nose of ripe red berry fruit along with cherries and plums, all well integrated with the spicy sensation of vanilla and pepper created by the aging in oak barrels. Supple on the palate with soft and velvety tannins, it is firm bodied and endowed with a long and tasty finish. - WM

JS90 - James Suckling

A linear and fresh red with citrus and dried berry and hints of cedar. Medium body, light tannins and a savory finish.

Norm’s Tasting Notes 2009 Villa Antinori Toscana IGT (2011) By Norm Bentley

Dating back past 1385 when the house of Antinori joined the Italian wine maker’s guild, the Antinori family has helped define the history, as well as the wines of Tuscany. Tuscany is a beautiful countryside famous for its beautiful wines, and the 2009 Villa Antinori Toscana IGT is a classic example of Italian wine making art.

Like most Super Tuscans, it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, and a favorite style of wine for me, as well as many others. The color is a deep and intense red, with a bouquet as large as the sky itself, filled with the scent of cherries and dark berries. The flavor explodes from the glass with a burst of cherry and currant highlighted by chocolate and spice. The finished sails on, like a clipper ship on an around the world voyage. Needless to say, I found this wine to be most enjoyable and I will join other critics with a rating of high praise. Norm’s score is 91. The wine is perfect with most meat and game dishes and would be a wonderful choice for a true Italian dish like veal Marsala, with a side of spaghetti marinara.

Score 91

Price: $19 – $ 24

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