Villa Antinori 2011
From the Chianti region, Villa Antinori diverts from the norm and adds Cabernet Sauvignon to its Sangiovese blend – the results are sublime.
I tried this wine following a chilli and had left it to decant for a little over an hour to mellow its tannins. This is because it could probably do well with another year of bottle-ageing, giving time for the wine to integrate and really peak to its best.
However, in my tasting, the great-value Villa Antinori (£14.99, Waitrose, Feb 2015) benefit from the decanting and the result was incredible. In its own unique way, this is one of my favourite wines. Beautiful blackberry fruit is at the forefront of the wine, while soft plums make up the mouthfeel. On the nose are deliciously enticing aromas of vanilla, oak and pungeant pepper spice.
The result altogether is a smooth wine with a dashingly-long finish. If you like your red wines full bodied and matched with foods, particularly winter-time mains, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Villa Antinori.
Black fruit led wine with spicy pepper, oaky vanilla and plums. Very smooth and fantastically versatile with food, this is top-end great value wine.
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon