Although at a premium to its previous release this is a label that seems to be part of a very strong crop of Tuscan wines in 2018 and which have impressed critics such as Antonio Galloni.
It’s the first Tignanello in over a decade to score 97–points so this fills the middle ground between the stellar 2015 and 2016 (both 98–points) and the 2010 and 2014 (both 96–points).
The 2017 vintage meanwhile has seen a small drift from its release to £770 and now presents substantial value against other 95–point back vintages, particularly the 2007 and 2013.
Tignanello is also one of the best value offers among the Super Tuscans. Galloni has this newest 2018 vintage scored tightly with Tignanello, Sassicia, and Ornellaia all at 97–points and Solaia (also from the Antinori stable) and Masseto a notch above, at 98.
In his notes Galloni remarked on the change in winemaking at Tignanello in the last few years, which is gentler and uses less new oak. The result, he said, was a wine of, “breathtaking purity” that “bristles with class”.
Tignanello’s price performance is closely correlated to age, the price rising steadily as time passes. The exception to this rule are the 98-point 2015 and 2016 wines, which are already over the £1,000 per case mark.