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Solaia 2016 Wine Review

Solaia 2016

Solaia 2016

Tuscany I.G.T., Italy

Community Score:96/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $457.95

Drink: 2022-2050

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Solaia

Agent: Halpern Enterprises

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Antinori / A stunning vintage produced by Marchesi Antinori. Aromas of ripe dark plum and dark berry fruit with sweet dried tobacco leaf and savoury spice on the nose, Dry, full-bodied with bright dark berry, ripe tart cherry, savoury and satisfying on the palate. Love this Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc red wine blend. Easy to enjoy now and for a very long time thereafter. MINE: From Antinori a Turbo Tuscan, full-bodied red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese with some Cabernet Franc grapes added in on this 2015 vintage. Solaia is meaty with cassis, dried herb, tobacco, cedar, grilled herbs and berry jam flavours. So much to look forward to in this energetic and beautiful red. OTHER: ... Ultimately, my decision to award 100 points to the 2016 Solaia came on impulse and with the most natural sense of purpose. I had also given the 2015 vintage a perfect score, and intellectually, it seemed impossible not to pick a favorite among these two stunning expressions. I will also state, outright, that the wines are very different, principally because the 2015 vintage shows more overall opulence and sweetness that extends to the pronounced textural richness of the mouthfeel. The 2016 vintage, on the other hand, is more chiseled and sharp with mineral shadings of campfire ash and graphite at the rim of its dark fruit. The mouthfeel is more streamlined and tight at its core, suggesting that the wine will unfold and soften beautifully with time. I feel like 2015 is the Dolce & Gabbana of the situation and the 2016 is the Armani Privé. The personalities of the two wines are distinct, yet my admiration for each is identical. Drink date: 2022-2050. Score - 100 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 19, 2019). - Community Wine Reviews

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