Villa Antinori Toscana
About this winery
The Antinori family has been in the wine business since Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Florentine Guild of Vintners in 1385 - more than 26 generations ago. Throughout the company's long history it has remained family owned and operated, and today it is directed by Marchese Piero Antinori. Though Antinori has played an important role in preserving Italy's enological traditions it is also one of Italy's most dynamic and visionary producers of fine wines, with estates concentrated in the...
The 2018 vintage was characterized by a spring with frequent rainfall which slowed slightly certain phases of the growth and development of the vines, particularly the flowering. This delay was easily recovered thanks to an excellent summer season, guaranteeing a high-quality ripening. The Merlot harvest began in early September and the picking then continued with the Syrah, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet.
The harvested grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing, and the must and skins then went into stainless steel fermentation tanks. The fermentation began the day after pressing and lasted from five to seven days, while the additional period of skin contact was a bit longer, from eight to twelve days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine went into 60 gallon French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels where it aged for about a year.
The 2018 Villa Antinori offers a deep ruby red in color. The nose is intense and complex, characterized by notes of red fruit coupled with hints of leather, spice, and vanilla. The palate is full bodied and round with supple and velvety tannins together with much length and savor.