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Antinori Orvieto Classico 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

A mild winter with temperatures rarely dropping below 0°C. Thanks to sunny, balanced spring weather without rain, foliage developed well and about 2 weeks earlier than the previous year. This made it necessary for normally consecutive vineyard procedures to be carried out simultaneously. July and August were hot but without extreme temperature peaks so the grapes ripened gradually and evenly. The lack of rain during the ripening period resulted in very healthy grapes which had ripened quite early and consequent decrease in quantity. The harvest began in early September and the grapes showed a good sugar content and well-balanced acidity. Produced with grapes from the Orvieto DOC Classico area. On harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and after a soft pressing, the must was immediately cooled down to 10°C in order to enduce its natural decantation. The juice was then racked and introduced into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature which was not allowed to exceed 18°C. The wine was then transferred and stored for a short period in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 10°C (in order to preserve the wine's youthful characteristics), then filtred and bottled. Alcohol : : 12% Vol.

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Marchesi Antinori:
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Pi... Read more
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Piero Antinori is director of the company, assisted by his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, who are personally involved in the business. The qualities of tradition, passion and instinct have made Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine quality wines. Every vintage, every terroir, every idea is a new beginning, a new quest to raise our quality margins. As Marchese Piero loves to repeat: “ancient roots play an important role in our philosophy, but they have never held back our spirit of innovation”. As well as the family's traditional heritage of estates in Tuscany and Umbria, investments have been made over time in other areas highly suited to quality wine production, in Italy and abroad, in a quest to promote new terroirs, rich in winegrowing potential. Antinori continually experiment with their vineyards and cellars, with selections of native and international clones, growing methods, vineyard altitudes, fermentation methods and temperatures, traditional and modern vinification techniques, types of wood, size and age of barrels, and various bottle-ageing periods. Piero Antinori says: “We have shown over the years that it is possible to produce internationally-acclaimed fine stylish, elegant wines in Tuscany and Umbria while maintaining their original character”. Looking to the future, Antinori explains: “There are many books in our library but they are never enough for us. Our mission is not yet complete: we are driven to express the vast potential of our vineyards and reconcile all that is new and undiscovered with Tuscany's traditional, cultural, agricultural, artistic and literary heritage. These things represent the identity of Antinori, and one of our greatest strengths is that we are in Tuscany – our essential ‘Tuscan-ness', if you will”. Read less

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Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
5.00 5
08/04/2008

40% Procanico, 40% Grechetto, 15% Verdello, 5% Drupeggio & Malvasia scent is salty/green and lemony mild-tangy lemon, hint of cream clean finish


Snooth User: BCoyle
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4.00 5
08/21/2008

I believe Orvieto has received a bad reputation or has been "hidden" because of Pinto Grigio. This is a fantastic wine that has an outstanding acidic lemony nose. The finish is crisp and clean, if you are tired of typically Pinto Grigio's definitely give this wine a try.


Snooth User: SusieJ
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3.50 5
03/15/2008

Three and a half glasses



A mild winter with temperatures rarely dropping below 0°C. Thanks to sunny, balanced spring weather without rain, foliage developed well and about 2 weeks earlier than the previous year. This made it necessary for normally consecutive vineyard procedures to be carried out simultaneously. July and August were hot but without extreme temperature peaks so the grapes ripened gradually and evenly. The lack of rain during the ripening period resulted in very healthy grapes which had ripened quite early and consequent decrease in quantity. The harvest began in early September and the grapes showed a good sugar content and well-balanced acidity. Produced with grapes from the Orvieto DOC Classico area. On harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and after a soft pressing, the must was immediately cooled down to 10°C in order to enduce its natural decantation. The juice was then racked and introduced into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature which was not allowed to exceed 18°C. The wine was then transferred and stored for a short period in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 10°C (in order to preserve the wine's youthful characteristics), then filtred and bottled. Alcohol : : 12% Vol.

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