Needed 30 minutes to show. Has not held up as well as other 1999 bdm ccrs and st wines I have had recently. Probably best 2-3 years ago. Medium body, slight nose, falls off midpallete. To me 1999 was an under appreciated vintage but this wine is not a great example of it.
I wish people wouldn't rate wines compared to other wines! On its own merit, this is a fabulous wine. A little closed and acidic on day one (after 40 minutes on the glass and consumed over an hour), this had developed into something extremely special by day 2. A great (and underestimated, in my opinion) vintage in Tuscany, this had silky smooth tanins and layers of flavour which lingered for ages. A perfectly balanced and very special wine, this easily has a few more years left before reaching its peak.
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(Antinori Tignanello) A vibrant garnet red hue, still with a pink-purple tinge of youth at the rim. The nose is initially closed, but opens up several hours after a vigorous decant. Dense, chewy, plummy fruit on the nose, with the suggestion that there will be plenty of extract on the palate. More complex notes, too, with hints of roasted tomatoes and a perfumed, medicinal quality. Wonderful density of fruit on the palate, with great body and a full, masculine texture. The tannins are apparent from entry onwards, and provide much of the character on the finish. Sufficient acidity. A brilliant wine, with a real presence on the palate.
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