The 2012 Tignanello is an intense ruby red color with purple highlights. The wine is potent and complex on the nose withspicy notes which mingle with aromas of red fruit, like cherries and plums, smoke, balsamic sensations, licorice and rosemary.The flavors are mouth- filling and elegant with much volume and an excellent balance in the texture. The oak is perfectly fused inthe spicy and fruity finish and aftertaste.
96 Points - James Suckling Aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries with hints of lavender and violets. Full body, chewy and polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A beautifully linear and polished red. Give it time to show it all but this is already a beauty. The depth and class to this are indeed impressive. Better in 2017.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Here’s a structured red with lots of finesse. It opens with alluring aromas of fragrant blue flowers, red berries, baking spices and exotic herbs while the firm, vibrant palate delivers black cherry, crushed raspberry, clove, orange zest, licorice and a sprinkling of white pepper. It’s still young but well balanced, with tightly woven but polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2017–2024. *Cellar Selection*
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2012 Tignanello is a very handsome wine with dark fruit nuances that extend far beyond the normal spectrum for Sangiovese (and the smaller percentages of French grapes that complete this wine). This vintage, that started off with a very hot summer and ended with a cool harvest season, show a little more spice and Mediterranean herb on the finish. Grapes were harvested at the end of September and delivered slightly less alcohol than previous vintages. There is a point of freshness but the tannins are mature and yielding. In fact, the tannic management is spot-on and is complimented by the velvety and rich nature of the mouthfeel. Pretty mineral accents add a lasting touch of complexity. The 2012 Tignanello has the qualities for a successful evolution.
91 Points - Wine Spectator Rich and finely woven, exhibiting plum, black cherry, spice and tar aromas and flavors. Balanced and vibrant, with a long, energetic finish. Shows more elegance than power. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025.