Friday Night 
Rare & Reserve Tasting

featuring Marchesi Antinori wines

Marchesi Antinori

The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.

In a photo dated 1930, a typical wagon for transportation of bottles of wine rests in front of Palazzo Antinori.

Castello della Sala with the impressive tower that dominates it.

The loggia of the garden of Palazzo Antinori with the elegant fountain of Venus.

Niccolo Maltinti U.S. Commercial Director & Brand Ambassador Marchesi Antinori

Niccolo Maltinti joined Marchesi Antinori in July of 2011 as the U.S. Commercial Director and Brand Ambassador. In addition to representing Antinori with the trade, he oversees the strategic planning and sales execution for the family’s wines in the U.S. Niccolo was born and raised in Florence, where he lived until he graduated from the University of Florence with a degree in Business Economics. While conducting research for his college thesis, ʺMarketing Strategies in the Wine Business: The Case of Super Tuscans,ʺ Niccolo had the chance to meet a number of inspiring wine personalities, including Marchese Piero Antinori, sparking his interest to further explore the fascinating world of wine. After graduation, he traveled to New York City and fell in love with the energy, diversity and the infinite opportunities of the city and decided to move there in 2004. Since that time, Niccolo has worked in sales and marketing positions in the wine industry in the areas of importing, distribution, and on the winery side – managing the U.S. market for a luxury Tuscan brand. These roles aptly prepared him for his leadership role with Marchesi Antinori. Outside of the office, his main interests are cooking, traveling, skiing and playing soccer. He’s very passionate about art and is a member of the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and PS1 in New York. He lives in Manhattan.


These rarely available wines from Marchesi Antinori are being presented for tasting and purchase at the Friday Night Rare & Reserve wine tasting. These wines will not be shown at any other time during WineFest.

Castello della Sala “Cervaro Della Sala” Chardonnay, Umbria IGT

A brilliant yellow in color with greenish highlights, the 2014 Cervaro shows a rich, complex, and fresh bouquet of hazelnut butter, vanilla, and white flowers. It is elegant on the palate and extremely savory, crisp, and vibrant. The delicate toasty sensations of the oak barrels blend harmoniously with the structure of the wine, fully bringing out the notes of both tropical and citrus fruit.

Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Rose, Bolgheri DOC

A light peony pink in color, the wine offers sweet and richly fruity aromas with notes of cherries and raspberries well integrated with herbaceous sensations which add liveliness. The palate is fresh and balanced with a fruity and persistent aftertaste.

Antica Napa Valley, Antinori Family Estates “Townsend Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon

Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley offering with impressive ripeness strengthened by a European finesse and structure. The wine possesses a deep purple color, sensational extract and richness, and abundant notes of blackcurrants, blueberries, blackberries, tobacco leaf and spice characteristics.

Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione

Ruby red in color with purple highlights, the wine’s aromas are characterized by a notable varietal character, ones dominated by intense and powerful notes of cherry and wild cherry fruit along with berry and exotic fruit as well. The wine is balanced, ample, and enveloping on the palate, and the ripe, velvety, and polished tannins give a highly pleasurable tactile suppleness to the wine all the way from the initial sensations to the vibrant and savory finish and the long and persistent aftertaste.

Guado al Tasso Superiore, Bolgheri DOC

This wine takes its name from a curious fact: at the Guado al Tasso estate one can occasionally see badgers (“tassi”), very shy animals, crossing the streams on the property. The estate is located some 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Florence near the medieval village of Bolgheri. 2250 acres (900 hectares) in size, it extends from the Tyrrhenian seacoast to the interior hills and, in addition to grapes, grows wheat, corn, sunflowers, and olives.

Tignanello Toscana, IGT, Antinori

An intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, the 2013 Tignanello shows a nose of great red fruit intensity along with highly pleasurable notes of vanilla, chocolate, and leather from the well balanced contribution and fusion of the aromas of the oak. The spicy and balsamic sensations which give additional complexity are also quite important. The wine is ample and enveloping on the palate with supple tannins and a savory freshness which fully respects the character and personality of the Sangiovese grape. The balance between acidity and tannins is excellent, and the finish and aftertaste are of a lovely length and persistence.
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