|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc|
Solaia is, approximately, a 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure situated at 1150-1325 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level on soils of limestone rocks rock and flaky calcareous clays; the vineyard is part of the Antinori’s Tiganello estate. The Marchesi Antinori firm produced the wine for the first time in the year 1978, utilizing a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, a proportion which was then repeated in the 1979 vintage. In the following vintages the blend was modified to include 20% of Sangiovese and the ratio of Cabernet Franc to Cabernet Sauvignon was also adjusted, eventually reaching the current figure. Solaia is produced only in exceptional vintages and was not produced at all in 1980, 1981,1983,1984, and 1992.
Variety: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Franc
Colour: intense ruby red in color
Aroma: intensely warm aromas which reflect the climate of the season while maintaining a delicate freshness as well.
Palate:On the palate, the ripe red fruit and the spices, along with deep and floral notes, define the wine’s complex structure. The palate is succulent, rich, enveloping, and sweet thanks to the presence of dense, supple, and rounded tannins. The vibrant acidity contributes to the excellent expressiveness of the flavors and to a highly pleasurable, long, and persistent finish and aftertaste.
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.
Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daugthers, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.
Each and every vintage, each and every separate area, each and every idea which is to be put into practice is a new beginning, a new search for higher quality standards. As Marquis Piero Antinori likes to repreat: “ancient roots play an important role in our work. But have never been a limit to our innovative spirit”. The estates in Tuscany and Umbria, the historic patrimony of the family, have been joined, over time, by investments in other territories with an important potential for high level wine both in Italy and abroad, in places where it would be possible to begin working for a larger prestige and wider awareness of the family’s ability to produce outstanding wine.
The Marchesi Antinori firm expresses its passion for viticulture by a constant search for even the smallest areas for quality improvement. For this reason, continuous experiments go forward both in the vineyards and in the cellars, seeking new clones of local and international grape varieties, experimenting cultivation techniques, vineyard altitudes, fermentation practices an temperatures, modern and traditional