Wines from Tuscany's Most Famous Family

Even as they have become a global powerhouse, Piero Antinori and his family continue to produce superb wines in many price ranges

No visit to Tuscany, nor any tasting of Tuscan wines, would be complete without looking at what one of Italy's great families accomplishes. Despite their enormous vineyard holdings and huge worldwide visibility, there is never any doubt about the quality of wines that emerge from Piero Antinori and his family. Following are some of his current releases from both the brilliant 2004 and very good 2005 vintages. These offerings range widely in price, with their renowned Solaia fetching an arm and a leg, but there are also some superb values in Chianti Classico as well as Antinori's Umbrian white wine, a chardonnay-and-grechetto blend called Castello della Sala. My thanks to Antonio Galloni, a top expert on Italian wines who works with me, for his reviews of these extraordinary wines. For information on availability in your area, please call Antinori's importer, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville, Wash. (425 415-3738).

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