This Tuscan wine is absolutely exceptional. Unfortunately it is only produced in the very best vintages. The 1997 vintage was named the best wine in the world by Wine Spectator. More info
Solaia is a 10 ha south-west facing Tuscan vineyard located at an altitude of 350 to 400 metres in the province of Tignanello. Like Tignanello, Solaia is the work of Piero Antinori, whose family lies at the heart of Tuscany's international reputation notably due to Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Unlike Tignanello, Solaia comprises more Cabernet than it does Sangiovese. But this Tuscan Cabernet stands out from its Bordeaux counterpart, as the 1997 vintage was voted the best wine in the world by the Wine Spectator. The wine is only produced in exceptional years and is processed with the utmost care. It spends the last stages of the fermentation process in barrels of French oak and is blended and aged for a year. Boasting an intense ruby colour, it features a delicate, expressive and menthol nose. Its structure features fruit and delicate tannins, producing a wonderful acidity that hints at excellent ageing.
Streets ahead of the many rustic (and high quality) productions of Italy, Tignanello is the embodiment of a great Tuscan wine: fruity and elegant and enjoyed by refined enthusiasts around the world. Alongside Ornellaia and Sassicaia wine, it belongs to the "Super Tuscans", an elite category of wines produced from imported French grape varieties, an initiative started in the 1960s that ushered in a new range of great Italian wines. Established in 1895, it was the prestigious Antinori estate that was responsible for Tignanello wine, the first vintage of which was produced in 1970. Four years later in 1974, Florentin Antinori sold his wine along with that of Sassicaia on a national scale, yet his wares failed to enthral aficionados. As a result, the owner decided to launch the two wines on the international market, where in contrast, they experienced a rush of incredible popularity. Mainly produced from the Sangiovese grape variety, Tignanello uses a significant proportion of Cabernet in its assemblage and is aged for 14 months in small French oak barrels, another great `import' of the sixties.
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