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Solaia 2015 Toscana IGT, Marchesi Antinori

Solaia 2015 Toscana IGT, Marchesi Antinori

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James Suckling

Antinori's greatest Super Tuscan wine gets two 100 point scores!

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About Solaia 2015 Toscana IGT, Marchesi Antinori

The Solaia vineyard is a 50 acre vineyard located on the Tignanello estate. It has ideal southwestern exposure, and stony soils of hard limestone and flaky calcareous clay; "alberese" and “galestro”. The Antinori family produced the first bottling from this single vineyard in 1978 and Solaia is only produced in exceptional vintages. 2015 was just such a vintage considered among the finest of all for its ideal climatic conditions in every phase of the growing season, culminating in a harvest which saw the grapes ripen to perection. A Super Tuscan blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 7% Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in French oak Barrels, this 2015 has receiced oustanding priase includiing two 100 point scores.

James Suckling scored it a perfect 100 points saying "The nose to this Solaia is truly phenomenal with currants, blackberries, roses and violets. So perfumed. Full-bodied and everything is in check and harmony with polished tannins that last for minutes. Purity and focus. Is it the greatest Solaia ever? So drinkable already, but this is a wine for ages ahead."

And the Wine Advocate also scored it 100 points and said "There is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage. The stunning 2015 Solaia is solid evidence of this perfect alignment. This was a warm vintage that shows less favorably in my opinion in different parts of Italy and with other grapes that render their most elegant performances in the cooler vintages. I would put pure expressions of Nebbiolo and Sangiovese in this category. However, Tuscany and many of her great blended reds (made partially or fully with international grapes) operate according to a different logic. To me, their maximum expression comes when you can taste that Tuscan sunshine beaming from within. Its rays are brilliant and warm. They shine across the senses with opulence and intensity. The very name Solaia evokes the concept of sunshine and this unique Tuscan wine archetype I am referring to. With the 2015 vintage, Solaia is liquid sunshine not just in name but also in fact. The bouquet is immediately soft and sensual with dark fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. The mouthfeel shows intensity and power, but you don't get any heavy residue from the dry extract (measured at 33 grams per liter). Indeed, the wine feels glossy, tonic and fresh. It is composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and a tiny part Cabernet Franc. There is a bit of crunch or snap that comes thanks to the more acidity-prone Sangiovese grape (the wine measures 3.5 in pH). Finally, the tannins are beautifully sweet and ripe. This wine is meticulously executed, and the 2015 vintage lives up to an ideal of what we imagine Solaia to be. It will be released about a week after this review is published."  

Wine Details

  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany

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