The Antinori family has been making wine in Italy for 26 generations. The family's first encounter with wine dates back to 1385, when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Guild of Wine Merchants to make the best use of the family's country properties in Valdarno, around Florence.
Antinori's flagship wine, Tignanello, aided in the creation of the monicker "Supertuscan" in reference to red wines made in Tuscany of non-native grape varieties. Tignanello is made with a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grown on a very small single vineyard of 47 hectares (120 acres) in the heart of Tuscany.
The 2008 Tignanello is characterized by "its intense ruby red color, its important aromatic concentration, its notes of ripe red fruit and jam accompanied by spice, vanilla, and liquorice. The palate is distinguished by a dense and elegant texture sustained by the vibrant acidity of the Sangiovese, by tannins of a lovely suppleness, and by an extremely long and lingering finish."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated this wine 94 points and had this to say:
"Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that come through on the finish. The flavor profile is decidedly on the dark side, but the wine's structure is medium in body and intensity. It is a fabulous achievement!"