The 2017 Tignanello is dense, exotic and flamboyant.
The 2017 vintage will be remembered for its unusual progression of the seasons. Only the month of January registered cold temperatures while the rest of winter was mild prompting early bud break in the vineyards. A cold spell at the end of April brought a slight drop in production. From May throughout the entire month of August, the Chianti Classico region enjoyed hot dry weather with daily temperatures reaching over 30 °C (86 °F). Rain showers during the month of September counterbalanced summertime vine stress and provided favourable conditions for optimal grape maturation. Grapes were harvested from September 20th to October 6th.
Tignanello is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc aged for 14 months in French and Hungarian oak. The first vintage was in 1970, made by the legendary winemaker Giacomo Tachis and still labelled as a Chianti. The introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, the use of French barriques and the elimination of the then-mandatory white varieties helped the wine to acquire immediate recognition and to start the “Supertuscan” revolution.