Antinori Solaia [Pre-arrival] 2016
Dating back to 1385, Marchesi Antinori is one of the oldest family-owned companies in the world. They revolutionized Tuscan wine in the 1970’s, launching Tignanello in ’71 and Solaia in ’78. Meaning “sunny one,” Solaia is only produced in exceptional vintages from vineyards planted at 1,325 feet above sea level. A 75% Cabernet Sauvignon / 20% Sangiovese / 5% Cabernet Franc blend with rich, complex flavors. Exceptional.
JS 100: Speechless here. I thought the 2015 was already perfect but this is perfect, too. But in a different way. It is so structured and multidimensional. Full-bodied, powerful and intense with incredible tannin backbone and depth. The dark-berry, wet-earth, oyster-shell and mushroom flavors are phenomenal. 20% less production than 2015. Give it four or five years to come together. Try after 2025.
AG 99: Like Tignanello, the 2016 Solaia is a wine of extraordinary nuance and finesse. Super-ripe blackberry, plum jam, espresso, menthol, licorice and sweet spice build as the sublime 2016 shows off its personality and breeding. The 2016 somehow manages to be incredibly deep and also light on its feet. Sweet floral and spice notes add the closing shades of nuance to an exotic, beguilingly beautiful Solaia endowed with an eternal finish and mind-blowing beauty. The 2016 is an epic Solaia. That's all there is to it"