LCBO Vintages Classics Collection
Avignonesi’s Grandi Annate are produced only in the best vintages when the Sangiovese reaches optimal ripeness. Considered one of Tuscany’s best wines, it is made entirely from Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for the clone of Sangiovese). Aged for 18 months in small oak, this masterpiece is elegant and lush with soft, velvety tannins and a palate of sweet cherries, plums with underlying hints of rosemary and nutmeg. This is a wine that will want to age for at least five to eight years.
“Grandi Annate is a wine that has made a most impressive turnaround. The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grandi Annate shows the confidence and the pride of its current incarnation. To my nose, this wine speaks the precise language of the appellation. The bouquet is broad and accessible with Sangiovese-driven tones of dried cherry and moist earth or tobacco. But like many of its peers, the bouquet here is more horizontal if you will instead of being vertical. The tightness of the wine’s textual composition is what stands out most and there is a hint of cherry sweetness that adds to the volume and density you feel on the finish.”
94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2017
“Cherry and blackberry fruit is tinged by oak spice in this powerful red. A coating of stiff tannins holds this upright, while the fruit, leather and spice notes play out on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2,200 cases made.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, Oct 2017
Vini Buoni Gold Medal Winner