A deep, dense wine, the 2005 Solaia is still in its infant stage. The cool vintage produced slow-maturing wines. Nowhere is that more evident than in Solaia, a wine that retains exceptional freshness. Graphite, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol meld into the dark, brooding finish. In 2005, Solaia is a bit more refined than Tignanello, but both wines are impressive.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (December 2015)Score: 94/100Drink 2015-2030
Tasted blind. 20% Sangiovese
Subtle colour. Sweet with some obvious but very smart oak on the nose. But then quite dry. Just a little drying on the finish. Not sure about the oak here. Pretty drying on the finish.
Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2009)Score: 17/20Drink 2013-2019
This offers gorgeous aromas of blackberry, mineral and flowers follow through to a full body, with superfine tannins and a long, long finish. A complex and wonderfully structured red. Long and beautiful. Best after 2012. 3,000 cases made.�
Wine Spectator (October 2008)Score: 97/100
The 2005 Solaia is elegant and refined, yet it remains incredibly primary. Still, it is hard not to admire the wine�s layered expression of blue and black fruits. The oak remains prominent, but I am confident the wine will come together with bottle age. The Solaia vineyard is one of the most unique terroirs in Italy, and the wine has a track record of developing beautifully in bottle, even in smaller vintages. It will be fascinating to follow this Solaia as it matures. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2023.
Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June 2008)Score: 93/100Drink 2012-2023