Solaia

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc

Climate

The winter of 2014 was a rather mild season with temperatures slightly higher than normal averages for the period. This led to an early bud burst of all the grape varieties - Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. The spring season was marked by dry and mild weather which assisted a good flowering and bud set of the crop.
The summer, somewhat unstable and with more frequent rainfall than usual, slowed the processes of color change and ripening in the grapes, which re-balanced themselves in part during the first weeks of September thanks to days of  warm and sunny weather. The harvest took place between the second half of September and early October. The Cabernet Franc between the 22nd and the 30th of September, the Sangiovese between the 3rd and the 7th of October, the Cabernet Sauvignon between the 9th and the 12th of October.

Vinification

The vintage 2014 has had the most important aspects in the management of the vineyard and in the selection of the grapes to achieve Solaia's quality. Pruning interventions in the vineyard combined with careful manual harvesting have ensured great potential of the grapes and grand varietal character.
Once in the cellars, the grapes are delicately destemmed and the berries, before pressing, were carefully selected on a sorting table; here attention to detail was at its maximum, it is of fundamental importance that only perfect grapes end up in the 60 hectoliter (1585 gallon) conical fermenting tanks. During the fermentation and the period of skin contact, the must slowly became wine: in this phase much care was needed to maintain freshness and aroma, but without neglecting the extraction of color and a management of the tannins aimed at elegance and suppleness. Once the wine was run off its skins, it went through a complete malolactic fermentation in oak barrels to further add finesse and drinking pleasure. The barrels, all new, were coopered from French oak, and the aging period lasted 18 months. During this period the various lots, fermented separately according to their variety and the character of the individual vineyard parcels, completed their aging and are then blended together a few months before bottling.

Historical data

Solaia is a 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure situated at some 1325 feet (400 meters) above sea level at the Tignanello estate. The soil consists of calcareous clays and limestone rock. The Marchesi Antinori firm produced this wine for the first time in 1978; the initial blend, 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, was repeated in 1979. In the following years, 20% of Sangiovese was added and some corrections in the rapport between the two different Cabernets were also made, creating the current blend. The wine is only produced in high quality vintages and was not produced in 1980, 1981, 1983,1984, and 1992.

Tasting notes

A very intense ruby red in color, the wine offers aromas rich in their concentration of red  and black fruit (cherries and black cherries, raspberries, cassis, blueberries, and wild berry fruit) which, together with notes of vanilla, black pepper, and liquorice, compose a bouquet which is decisively ample and complex. The palate is exceptionally elegant and balanced, fresh in its flavors and with much personality, solid and silky in its texture and tannins. The finish, characterized by notes of fruit and spices, is of great finesse and persistence.

Awards

Wine Advocate

95/100

2017 USA

James Suckling

95/100

2017 USA