Tignanello is produced exclusivelyfrom the vineyard of the same name,a parcel of some 140 acres (57 hectares)
with limestone-rich soilsand asouthwestern exposure at 1150-1325 feets (350-400 meters)above sealevelat the
Tignanello estate. It was the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in small oak barrels, the first modern red wine to use
such non-traditionalvarietiesas Cabernet in the blend,and among the first red wines from the Chianti Classico area
to be produced without white grapes. The wine, originally called "Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Tignanello" (a
Chianti Classico Riservafrom the Tignanello vineyard), was produced for the first time from asingle vineyard
parcel in 1970, when the blend contained 20% of Canaiolo and 5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia, both white grapes,
and the wine aged in small oak barrels. In 1971 it became a Tuscan red table wine rather than a Chianti Classico,
and was called Tignanello. In the 1975 vintage the percentage of white grapes was definitively eliminated from the
blend. Ever since 1982, the blend has been the one currently used. Tignanello is bottled onlyin favorable vintages,
and was not produced in 1972, 1973,1974, 1976, 1984, 1992,and 2002.
The climate of the 2015 vintage wasan extremelyregular one and respected, in itsvarious phasesand seasons, the typical
weather of the Chianti Classico production zone. A cold and relatively dry winter preceded aspring characterized by damp
weather in March and Apriland dry weather in Mayand June. In this period, temperatures were regular, guaranteeing a perfect
growth ofvegetation and an excellent phase of flowering and bud set for the grapes. The summer wasa warm one, with peak
temperatures in July, butalso with highly positive temperature swings from daytime warmth to evening and nighttime coolness
which assured a constant growth of the grape bunches free of stress. The month of August, warm as well, was characterized by
occasional rainfall which favored afine onset to the ripening of the crop. The picking took place between mid-Septemberand
early October in a climate of dryand breezy weather.
The 2015 Tignanello isaveryintense rubyred in color. On the nose, the notes of ripe red fruit, together with
cassisand blackberries,are in perfect balance with the hints of chocolate and liquorice. The palate is rich,ample,
and vibrantand is endowed with livelyand silkytannins which give a great complexityand an important length to the
finish and aftertaste.