Tignanello Vertical Tasting and Dinner (Establishment Restaurant, Manchester): 1970 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, Vino prodotto nella vigna del podere "Tignanello", vendemmia ritardata, imbottigliato alle cantine dei Marchesi L & P Antinori, 72cl, 12.5% Just slightly bricking. Figgy - syrup of figs - coffee, very evolved nose, with a hint of volatile acidity: much older on the nose than the appearance would suggest. Coo! This doesn't taste as old as it smells. This is so together and lovely. Just a touch sweet and (again) figgy on the palate. Very fine, with chocolatey fig and cassis fruit. Very soft, mouthfilling tannins on the finish that positively caress the mouth. This is what old wine is all about. Brilliant! This is going to give everything else a run for its money when it comes to wine of the year. It continued to evolve all the time in the glass, but without fading for some time. The high tones blew off with time, and it develops more chocolatey flavours to complement the figs. It only started to fade about around thirty minutes in the glass. Figgy Figgy Figgy Tiggy Tiggy Tiggy. Gorgeous.
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