Our Villa Antinori Toscana review covers a bit of background on the winemaker, along with tasting notes and some of our favorite food pairings with this wine. Want to learn more about our favorite wines? Checkout our other favorite and affordable wine reviews.
Villa Antinori Toscana Review
What a pleasant wine this is. At under $20 per bottle, the Antinori Toscana Rosso (IGT) is a crowd pleaser and one of our go-to pre-dinner party wines. A 90+ point award winner by multiple industry professionals and publications, the 2011 vintage can be consumed immediately or aged as far ahead as 2022 in optimal storing conditions.
The 2011 Villa Antinori Toscana Rosso is a Super Tuscan red wine blend crafted with 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 5% Syrah. The use of Cab, Merlot and Syrah goes against the grain of the traditional Tuscan winemaking style – making the Antinori Rosso a Super Tuscan. This blend is aged for 12 months in oak and is then transferred to the bottle for an additional 8 months prior to sale.
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Not only is this wine special because it tastes so damn good, it comes to us from a winemaking family that’s been crafting fine wine for over 630 years. Yes, you heard that correctly. The Antinori family at Marchesi Antinori knows how to make wine. Whether it’s with Sangiovese dominant varietal wines or new-age premium Super Tuscan’s like the Antinori Tignanello (click to purchase), they’ve been mastering their craft since the 14th century around Tuscany.
While the Villa Antinori Toscana can easily be drunk on its own, the family prides themselves on crafting wines that are best paired with food. We’ll get into some of our favorite food pairings a little later on in the article.
Prior to serving, consider chilling to this vintage to around 63 degrees Fahrenheit and decant for 20 minutes for optimal flavor.
Villa Antinori Toscana Rosso Tasting Notes
In the glass, this wine gives off all the traditional hints of a Sangiovese based Italian blend – with a twist. Rustic red at the core, additional hues of black cherry and dark red garnet perpetuate throughout the glass, especially just before the rim.
The nose is arguably one of the best parts of the Antinori Toscana. There is evidence of red brambly fruit, backed by undertones of mint, barnyard door, plum and turmeric.
The opening palate contains predominantly ripe red fruit with refreshing, elevated acidity. The body is medium and tannins are noticeable, elegant and soft. This wine also has good alcoholic body judging by the legs. The mid-palate gives way to a bit more dry earth tones, tobacco and soft spices, with more prominent notes of tomato, plum and subtle cassis.
Approaching the close, the wine stays bright with red fruit perpetuating and soft vanilla flavors showing themselves towards the back of the tongue. The finish is medium-long with cedar and earthy accents on the aftertaste, indicating a great food pairing option.
Marchesi Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana Food Pairings
Given the brightness of this wine, evident within the ripe red fruit flavors and earthy accents, we like pairing the Antinori Toscana with a number of tomato-based dishes. In fact, we chose this particular vintage of the Rosso for our New Years party wine and served it with both Margarita & Italian Sausage Pizza.
Consider pairing it with Tilapia Braised in Merlot Based Tomato Sauce, along with Four Cheese Rosso Rigatoni. Penne alla Vodka with Chicken is also a guaranteed hit. See below for additional food pairing recipes ideal alongside ANY vintage of Villa Antinori Rosso.
- Creamy Vodka Chicken & Penne alla Vodka
- Sautéed Lemon Chicken Frances
- Fresh Tomato & Basil Margarita Pizza Recipe
- Indian Spiced Ground Veal and Beef