This fourth flight brings us into what I consider a real Golden Era for Solaia that started with the 2004. A young, potent wine, the 2006 Solaia out of magnum still needs quite a bit of time. Even so, its towering stature is evident. A rush of blackberry jam, grilled herbs, espresso, licorice and spice builds as the 2006 shows off its explosive energy and drive.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (September 2020)Score: 96/100Drink 2021-2041
A clarity and brilliance to this Solaia now with plums, light chocolate and meat. Full body and round and soft tannins. Juicy and delicious. Just right now where it shows the fruit and light tertiary qualities on the nose and palate. Excellent.
James Suckling (May 2017)Score: 95/100
Aged 12 months in new French oak. More youthful than developed � juicy, almost jammy black fruit. Greater complexity on the palate though, with a creamy texture backed up by plenty of very fine tannin. It�s very charming now � but hasn�t reached its peak of development, and really deserves more age.
Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com (October 2014)Score: 18/20Drink 2016-2032
Displays loads of mint, eucalyptus, currant and meat on the nose. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit, yet reserved and structured. Mouthpuckering now from all the tannins, but this will give incredible pleasure in years to come. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2014. 6,250 cases made
Wine Spectator (October 2009)Score: 97/100
The estate�s 2006 Solaia is a big, powerful offering loaded with ripe blackberry jam, herbs, minerals and French oak. Like all of the 2006s from Antinori, the Solaia remains extraordinarily dense and primary. Readers will have to be patient with this wine and give it plenty of bottle age before the full range of its aromas and nuances blossom fully. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.
Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (August 2009)Score: 94/100Drink 2014-2026