2009 Antinori Solaia IGT
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

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  • WE 97
  • WA 96
  • JS 96
  • AG 96
  • WS 95
  • JR 91

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Reg: $239.94

$184.94

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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, August 2013
Like its sunshine-inspired name suggests, Solaia is an opulent and generous achievement that represents the highest pedigree in Italian wine. The intensity is mind-blowing and the wine peels back slowly to reveal thick... Like its sunshine-inspired name suggests, Solaia is an opulent and generous achievement that represents the highest pedigree in Italian wine. The intensity is mind-blowing and the wine peels back slowly to reveal thick layers of blackberry, chocolate fudge, spice and general fruit decadence. The mouthfeel is super smooth yet powerful, delivered in the most elegant fashion.
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
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... 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. 96+ - Antonio Galloni
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, August 2012
A Solaia with lots of currants berries and milk chocolate yet reserved and focused. Full body with refined tannins and an alluring finish. Needs at least two or three years to come together. Can't decide if I like this... A Solaia with lots of currants berries and milk chocolate yet reserved and focused. Full body with refined tannins and an alluring finish. Needs at least two or three years to come together. Can't decide if I like this better than the superb 2008. Better in 2015.
AG 96
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, December 2013
96+ The 2009 Antinori Solaia is similar to the 2007 in its volume and richness, but it is less extroverted. This is another gorgeous Solaia that will drink well pretty much during its entire life. The warm year yielded... 96+ The 2009 Antinori Solaia is similar to the 2007 in its volume and richness, but it is less extroverted. This is another gorgeous Solaia that will drink well pretty much during its entire life. The warm year yielded a racy Solaia with no hard edges and fabulous overall balance.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2013
A pretty red, boasting floral, cherry, black currant, chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. The firm structure is assertive now, both acidity and tannins, but the sweet fruit and spice flavors persist and grace the long... A pretty red, boasting floral, cherry, black currant, chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. The firm structure is assertive now, both acidity and tannins, but the sweet fruit and spice flavors persist and grace the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2015 through 2030. – BS
JR 91
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2013
(17.5/20) Mid ruby. Soft, primary red fruit. Great definition and ripeness. Youthful but ready to drink. Last-minute tannins give a firm, fine finish. Really lovely craft here – has plenty of flavour, well-managed oak... (17.5/20) Mid ruby. Soft, primary red fruit. Great definition and ripeness. Youthful but ready to drink. Last-minute tannins give a firm, fine finish. Really lovely craft here – has plenty of flavour, well-managed oak and drinkability – plus structure that could age. (RH)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2009

Label

Solaia is a 50 acre (20 hectare), southwest-exposed vineyard of the Tignanello estate situated between 1150 and 1320 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level on stony soils consisting of calcareous clays and limestone rock. The Marchesi Antinori produced this wine for the first time in the 1978 vintage with a blend consisting of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, repeating the initial production in 1979. In the following vintages, 20% Sangiovese became part of the blend and adjustments to the ratio of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were made until the current composition of the blend was defined. Solaia is produced only in top vintages and was not produced in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, or 1992.

Winery

Antinori

The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, through twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions. But always while maintaining a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.

Estates currently under the Marchesi Antinori wine empire include Tignanello, Badia a Passignano, Guado Al Tasso, Castello della Sala, Pian Delle Vigne, Peppoli, and Montenisa. While the core of the family's properties and production are focused in Tuscany, additional properties have expanded their regional diversity to include Orvieto Classico and Franciacorta.

The Tenuta Tignanello estate is located between the Greve and Pesa river valleys in the heart of the Chianti Classico appellation. In these 127 hectares (320 acres) of vineyards, the Antinori family, more than anywhere else, has expressed its principles and working philosophy: reconcile tradition and modernity with wines which are strictly and authentically tied to their territories of origin. Solaia and Tignanello, the two iconic wines of the estate, have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the viticultural history of Italy” and are a constant symbol for the Antinori family of a continuous challenge, one driven by pure passion.

The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence, near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri in the Upper Maremma. Once part of a fiefdom of some 4,048 hectares (over 10,000 acres), today the 1000 hectare/2500 acre property extends from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the inland hills, where the vineyards are cultivated on rocky and slightly calcareous soils. Of these, 300 are under vines which are planted to Vermentino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot along with small quantities of other grape varieties. In the 1930’s this property was inherited by Carlotta Della Gherardesca who married into the Antinori family.

Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.