Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Franc
Solaia is a 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure located at an altitude between 1150 and 1325 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level and with a stony soil of “alberese” (hard limestone) and “galestro” (flaky calcareous clay) rock. The vineyard is located at the Tignanello estate. The Antinori family produced this wine for the first time in the year 1978, and the initial blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc, a formula repeated in 1979 as well. In the following years, 20% of Sangiovese was introduced and certain adjustments were also made in the rapport between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc until the current blend was settled upon. Solaia is produced only in exceptional vintage, and was not produced in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1992.
An intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, the nose of the wine is dominated by varietal notes of excellent freshness and an elegant intensity. The 2012 Solaia has a classic style and is characterized on the palate by the pleasurable harmony of flavors created by a fine balance between acidity and tannins and high level fruit which lasts from the initial impact through to the lengthy finish and aftertaste. A grand personality and a great persistence make the finish exceptionally complex and vibrant.
James Suckling 97/100 USA Wine Spectator 93/100 USA Wine Advocate 95/100 USA Wine Enthusiast 97/100 USA Daniele Cernilli 98/100 Italy I vini di Veronelli Super 3 stelle e rosso dell'anno Italy Antonio Galloni 94/100 USA I vini dell'Espresso 18,5/20 Italy Slow Wine Grande Vino Italy Falstaff 95/100 Austria
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