2016 Antinori Solaia
The Solaia is a SuperTuscan, a Bordeaux blend with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese.
The name Solaia comes from Il Sole, Italian for the sun. The vineyards for this highlight of Marchese Antinori cover 10 hectares and are located on the south-west slopes at an altitude of between 350 and 400 meters. The ground is stony with marl. They are located in the area of Santa Cristina - Val di Pesa in the Chianti Classico zone, next to the vineyards of the Tignanello wine. This Antinori topper is only made in the top years
The 2016 vintage of the Solaia will be highly sought after and scarce, especially as this vintage has received the magical 100/100 points. Marchesi Antinori has made 40% less Solaia in this vintage to maintain the quality you taste here. The Solaia is a full ruby red wine with beautiful aromas of black pepper, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, plums and pickled fruit. The taste is soft and completely balanced with the smell, with hints of fruit, licorice and coffee. The tannins are not overpowering and ensure that the wine has a nice full aftertaste.
The fully ripe grapes were picked in mid-September. After picking, the Sangiovese grapes were fermented for a period of 7 days at a temperature of about 25Cº and the Cabernet grapes for 10 days. The further maturation of the wine takes place in French oak barriques. The blend was made in November, after which further maturing continued for 12 months in the barriques. The wine was then bottled and stored in the estate's cellars for another 12 months to mature further.
The name Antinori is a household name in the wine world. Wherever you go in a little restaurant in the world, the wines of Antinori show off on the menu. And that is not easy! 600 years of experience precede, as many as 26 generations of wine know-how. Investments have been made carefully in domains and vineyards. And guaranteed in the best locations.
More information about Antinori
Marquis Piero Antinori is in charge and is assisted by his three daughters: Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. Funny those three A's. We are not going to bother you with all the awards that have been received over the years, because then this price list can no longer go through the letterbox. There are two red wines that are available on allocation and that one would like to get a few bottles from all over the world and that are Tignanello and Solaia and we also have these in our range at Grandcruwijnen.
In 1180, Ugo and Antinori di Rinuccino were officially named as owners of Castello di Combiate; a century later, the family who had moved to Florence were included in the register of the silk trade cooperative. In 1385, Giovanni di Piero, an indirect descendant, entered the wine guild as an apprentice. Since then, the wine-growing tradition of the Antinori family has been continuous. With the establishment of the Marchesi Antinori winery, the peak was reached in 1895 and already in 1898 the winery was built in San Casciano Val di Pesa, which is still the center of the widely branched group of properties in all major cultivation areas of Tuscany, Umbria. , Piemonte (since the early 90s through the purchase of the wine cellar Prunotto), Apulia and even California. The traditional house participating in the modern Tuscan wine-growing revolution owes much of its prestige to its former chief vinologist Giacomo Tachis, who produced exceptional wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello (especially sangiovese), Solaia (especially cabernet) and many others. the other was responsible. Vinologist Renzo Cotarella also created one of the best chardonnays in Italy in the Umbrian Castello della Sala.
|Type of Wine
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe