Marchesi Antinori Srl is an Italian wine company that can trace its history back to 1385. They are one of the biggest wine companies in Italy, and their innovations played a large part in the “Super-Tuscan” revolution of the 1970s by making a Chianti containing Bordeaux wine varieties. The real revolution came in 1971, with the launch of Tignanello, a barrique-aged wine from the vineyard of the same name that contained Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which meant that it was ineligible for the Chianti Classico appellation; from 1975 the blend contained no white grapes.Technically Tignanello was not the first ‘Super Tuscan’ (that honour goes to Sassicaia, created by a relative of the Antinoris, the Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta), but it was Tignanello that really shook up the Italian wine industry, leading to far-reaching changes in rules and attitudes. Emboldened by the success of the 20% Bordeaux blend Tignanello, in 1978 Antinori launched the 80% Cabernet Sauvignon Solaia, from the neighbouring vineyard.
Piero Antinori, first came to Napa in 1966—deliberately to the mountains—to make great Cabernet Sauvignon. The lessons he’d learned over the years producing Super Tuscan heavyweights Tignanello and Solaia taught him that in order to make great wine, you had to plant vines in ancient soils on mountain hillsides. By 1993, he had done that, purchasing 600 acres and establishing one of Napa’s great, if somewhat hidden estates—Antica.
Join Erik Saccomani as he shares and compares, side by side, wines from Old World (Antinori) and New World (Antica).
6 wines $50