Solaia 2012, Toscana, Antinori

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"The 2012 Solaia is the ultimate comfort wine: It serves as a beautiful monument to the potential of Italian wine. Let me give you some context. My lukewarm review of the 2011 vintage caused some heads to turn. Happily, the previous vintage has served as a springboard for this current release. Both 2011 and 2012 come from hot climatic conditions, but these wines are very different in style an...

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"The 2012 Solaia is the ultimate comfort wine: It serves as a beautiful monument to the potential of Italian wine. Let me give you some context. My lukewarm review of the 2011 vintage caused some heads to turn. Happily, the previous vintage has served as a springboard for this current release. Both 2011 and 2012 come from hot climatic conditions, but these wines are very different in style and content. The 2011 heat softened the lines that make up the varietal identity of this celebrated Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Those lines are presented in sharp focus with the 2012 edition. The nose is redolent of dark berry, crushed mineral, plum, spice and touch of white pepper. The wine is integrated and seamless, but it speaks with a strong and articulate voice.

I had my doubts about the 2012 vintage until my visit to Antinori's Tenuta Tignanello in Chianti Classico. The wines presented -- and the 2012 Solaia in particular -- demonstrate that great wines were made in this challenging growing season that started off very hot and ended very cool. Marchesi Antinori General Manager Renzo Cotarella with the Marchese Piero Antinori walked me through a grand tasting of the wines they make in Umbria and various parts of Tuscany. When I got to spend some intimate time with the latest bottle of the extended Solaia family, I was absolutely smitten. The 2011 vintage was also a hot year and the Solaia showed less dimension. With the 2012 vintage, we are happily reunited with the range of nuances and depth of complexity that makes this one of Italy's A-list wines. The Antinori family owns various properties in the Chianti Classico area including Badia a Passignano, Tenuta Tignanello and Peppoli. They recently purchased a new property called San Sano not from from Castello di Ama in Gaiole-in-Chianti. The property has a potential for 84 hectares of vines and is located at 450 meters above sea level. The soils are very rocky with heavy deposits of Galestro and Alberese stone. The area is known for slow-ripening and very aromatic expressions of Sangiovese. I look forward to tasting more fruit from this site."
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Første årgang af Solaia kom i 1978 og kun på det italienske marked. Det oprinde-lige blend var 80% Cabernet Sauvignon og 20% Cabernet Franc. Efterfølgende valgte Piero Antinori dog at introducere den lokale Sangiovese i sit blend. Vinen lagrer 12 måneder på barriques 12 måneder på flaske.

Duften er intens og med meget frugtig bouquet. Smagen har god struktur, god balance, bløde tanniner og en behagelig eftersmag. Både Cabernet Sauvignon og Sangiovese karakteristika kommer tydeligt frem i duft og smag. Med nye druesorter er det med Solaia lykkedes at frembringe én af verdens førende vine. Årgang 1997 blev af The Wine Spectator kåret som verdens bedste vin, og samt-lige årgange berømmes verden over og har opnået kultstatus.


Om Antinori
Antinori familien har været involveret i produktionen af ​​vin siden 1385, og man har altid søgt at bevare en grundlæggende respekt for traditionen og det område, i hvilket man har haft sine aktiviteter.
I dag drives virksomheden af Marquis Piero Antinori. Tradition, passion og intuition har været de tre ledende principper, som har bidraget til, at Marquis Antinori er blandt de førende i italiensk vin.

Samtidig med at man har afsæt i traditionen, har man aldrig været bange for at søge nye veje. Som Marquis Piero Antinori siger: "Gamle rødder spiller en vigtig rolle i vores arbejde, men de har aldrig udgjort en hindring for innovation "
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Man søger konstant efter områder, hvor man kan kvalitetsudvikle, både i vinmarkerne og i kældrene, man tester nye kloner af lokale og internationale druesorter, nye dyrkningsmetoder, kombinerer moderne og traditionelle gæringsmetoder, bruger forskellige typer eg til lagring og forskellige størrelser og alder på de fade man anvender. Solaia udtrykker på smukkeste vis kombinationen af tradition og fornyelse.

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