94 Points Wine Advocate: The 2009 Tignanello is quite beautiful. Cedar, graphite, sweet herbs, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of highly expressive red fruits. The 2009 impresses for its energy, drive and focus. Today, the 2009 comes across as slightly understated relative to many recent vintages, especially 2007 and 2008. There is a silkiness and polish that is reminiscent of the 2004. Tignanello is 75% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from vineyards in San Casciano Val di Pesa, one of the most evocative hillsides in all of Italy.
This was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first red wine to be blended with non-traditional varieties (like Cabernet) and one of the first Chianti reds not to use white grapes. Tignanello is a milestone. It is made from a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in barriques for about 12 months and for a further 12 months in the bottles.
Documents of the period recount that Rinuccio di Antinoro (the originator of the Antinori line, whose name then became the last name of his successors) produces wine at the Castello di Combiate near Croci di Calenzano, located in the countryside outside of Florence on the road to the Mugello valley to the north of the city.
The Antinori family, country squires, has its residence and its agricultural activities near Florence at the castle of Combiate. The fortunes of the family go through significant changes when the castle is destroyed during a siege. The Antinori move to Florence, at the time on the most important cities of the Western world.
Accarisio di Antinori becomes a member of the “Arte della Seta” – the Florentine Silk Makers Guild – an important part of the local economy.
In these years Dante writes his most celebrated work: The Divine Comedy.
Known and studied all over the world, it is considered one of the all time masterpieces of world literature: though containing much of what is characteristically medieval in character (a religious inspiration, moralizing intentions, and a style based on an immediate and visual perception of things), it is profoundly innovative insofar as it expresses an ample, naturalistic, and dramatic representation of reality, a conception more closely related to modern and contemporary works of art.