Jacopo Pandolfini. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Jacopo Pandolfini was in Dunedin recently, showing some
members of the trade the Antinori wines at Etrusco.
The Antinori family has been making wine in Italy for more
than 600 years.
In his homeland, wine is usually drunk with food so the wines
tend to be drier and higher in acidity, with more minerality
that cuts through the fat and leaves the mouth salivating,
He showed a trio of whites - a full-bodied, minerally Santa
Christina Pinot Grigio 2010 ($26) grown high on the slopes of
Mt Etna in Sicily, an intense, minerally Guado al Tasso
Vermentino 2011 ($39) from Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast, and
a fine, intense Umbrian chardonnay, Bramito del Cervo 2011
Antinori is probably best known here for its Chianti, red
wine made from sangiovese grapes, usually with a small
percentage of another variety, that comes from the Chianti
area in Tuscany.
Santa Christina Chianti Superiore 2010 ($29) suggests red
fruits and has a dry, fresh finish. Peppoli Chianti Classico
2009 ($37) is spicy with lively fruit and again that fresh,
dry astringency that demands you eat something, and the
Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 ($48) is more
intense and powerful with concentrated dark fruit and a fine,
The finest wine in the tasting was Guado al Tasso Bolgheri
Superiore 2008 ($170), a classic Bordeaux blend of cabernet
sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, aromatic
with seductive fruit, elegance, power and length that is
expected to be drinking at its best from 2015-28.
And to finish, a wine you could drink by itself with great
pleasure, Prunotto Moscato d'Asti 2010 ($34), wonderfully
perfumed, floral with a little sweetness, a light sparkle and
a clean, fresh finish. It's a typical Christmas wine in
Italy, according to Pandolfini, and as it's only 5% alcohol,
you'd be able to enjoy it liberally.