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Average critic rating : 96.0 points

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The 2009 Solaia is one of the clear standouts of the vintage. Freshly cut flowers, raspberries, spices, mint and licorice burst from the glass as this fabulous, viscerally thrilling wine shows off its pure class. Today the oak is a bit prominent, but that won’t be an issue by the time the wine is ready to drink. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 Solaia was flat-out great. There is no shortage of pedigree here. The 2009 has calmed down a little from its youth, when it was a much more exuberant wine, and has now begun to close down in bottle. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc from a single parcel within the Antinori family’s Tignanello vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. ||Longtime winemaker Renzo Cotarella has done a fabulous job with the flagships Tignanello and Solaia in 2009. In my blind tastings the pedigree of those two wines in particular came through with notable eloquence. The 2010 Tignanello and Solaia are both thrilling at this stage. They could very well turn out even better than the 2009s. Readers may want to look at my short video on the 2010s from Antinori on our website. Wine Advocate.June, 2012

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96

The 2009 Solaia is one of the clear standouts of the vintage. Freshly cut flowers, raspberries, spices, mint and licorice burst from the glass as this fabulous, viscerally thrilling wine shows off its pure class. Today the oak is a bit prominent, but that won’t be an issue by the time the wine is ready to drink. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 Solaia was flat-out great. There is no shortage of pedigree here. The 2009 has calmed down a little from its youth, when it was a much more exuberant wine, and has now begun to close down in bottle. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc from a single parcel within the Antinori family’s Tignanello vineyard. Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, June 2012

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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