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The 2008 Solaia is richer and darker than the Tignanello, but it isn’t an appreciably more complex or complete wine. It shows gorgeous depth and textural richness to match an expressive core of blackberry jam, smoke, scorched earth, crushed rocks and cassis. This is a beautiful wine, but not as great as I had hoped. The 2008 Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 100% new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ||Antinori seems to do everything well these days, from churning out millions of bottles of supermarket wines all the way to turning out superb versions of their many flagship bottlings. This is another impressive set of new releases with a number of highlights. Over the years oenologist Renzo Cotarella has moved away from the super-late harvests of the late 1990s/early 2000s in favor of picking slightly earlier, a decision that has paid off handsomely, especially over the last few years. Antinori’s 2008s, from a vintage that is quite inconsistent across the board, are superb. I remember spending a few days near the estate’s Tignanello and Badia a Passignano estates in mid-August 2008. The days were very hot, but the nights were so cool that a sweater or light jacket was a necessity Wine Advocate.August, 2011

The Antinori family have been involved in Italian wine production for over six centuries and are one of 11 families included in the Primum Familiae Vini or First Families of Wine. The family’s roots are in Tuscany where they began making wine as far back as 1385 and eventually pioneered wine production in the Chianti Classico region. The revolution of their wines came in 1971 under the direction of Piero Antinori who created the family’s flagship wine: Tignanello. His innovation in creating the recipe of Cabernet blended with Sangiovese and the use of French oak barriques was a milestone for both the family and the history of Tuscan wine. Tignanello was one of the first wines to establish the Super-Tuscan category and began the movement towards innovation in the region. Later, Piero Antinori created other top Super Tuscan wines: Solaia and Guado Al Tasso. Much like Tignanello, Solaia and Guado Al Tasso receive consistent praise from top wine critics like Robert Parker and James Suckling and continue to dominate the category alongside Ornellaia and Sassicaia. Today, the Antinori firm is still run by Piero Antinori with the support of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. They are currently one of the biggest wine companies in Italy and continue to acquire new estates throughout Italy and into international wine regions, such as California, Washington, Chile and others.

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