Antinori Solaia [Pre-arrival] 2017
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.
JS97: "Extremely aromatic with sage, lavender, blackberries and currants. Full-bodied with chewy and very polished tannins that melt into the wine. Foursquare and slightly austere. Fresh and well framed. A wine that needs five to six years to soften and come together completely. Try after 2025."
VM95+: "Just bottled, the 2017 Solaia is naturally going to need time to come together. Even in the early going, though, it shows all the richness and opulence that is typical of the year, with terrific aromatic expansiveness and tons of persistence. I can't wait to taste it with a bit more time in bottle."