Solaia, Toscana IGT, Antinori 75cl

Solaia, Toscana IGT, Antinori 75cl

Nimi: Solaia, Toscana IGT, Antinori 75cl

Riik/regioon: Itaalia, Toscana

Tootja: Marchesi Antinori

Aastakäik: 2015

Mari: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 7% Cabernet Franc

Alkoholisisaldus: 14,5% vol.

Tootekood: 1300

Hinnaklass: €€€

Solaia on koos Sassicaia, Ornellaia ja Massetoga Itaalia üks prestiižemaid veine ning tähendab tõlkes "the sunny one' ehk 'päikeseline'. Solaia on Antinori Tignanello veinimõisa 20 hektari suurune veiniaed, mis asub 350-400 meetri kõrgusel merepinnast, kus pinnases on rohkesti lubjakivi ja savi. Solaia esimene aastakäik oli 1978 ning esialgu oli vein Cabernet Sauvignoni (80%) ja Cabernet Franci (20%) põhine, kuid mõni aasta hiljem hakati kasutama ka Sangiovese't. Solaiat toodetakse vaid väga headel aastatel ning näiteks 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 ja 1992 veini ei toodetud. Aastane toodang on keskmiselt 7500 kasti.

Solaia on valmistatud 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese ja 7% Cabernet Franc viinamarjadest. Kõik marjasordid on korjatud eraldi (septemri lõpust kuni oktoobri alguseni) ja igast sordist tehakse ka eraldi vein. Kääritamine toimub aeglaselt 6000 liitri suurustes tammemahutites, 100% malolaktiline kääritamine, laagerdumine 228 liitri suurustes Prantsuse tammevaatides 18 kuud, 100% uued vaadid, viimases etapis valmistatakse alles lõplik segu.

Solaia aroom on väga soe, samas delikaatselt värske, tunda on magusaid ploome, mustsõstart ja morello kirssi. Maitses on tunda küpseid punaseid marju, šokolaadi, kohvi ning vürtsikust. Väga siidised ja pehmed tanniinid, täidlane ja rikkalik struktuur. Tänu ümaratele tanniinidele on tunda õrna magusust, kuid meeletu happesus annab veinile suurepärase tasakaalu ja ülipika järelmaitse.

Alates 2007. aastakäigust müüakse Solaiat ka läbi väheste valitud Bordeaux negociantide ning seega on Solaia teine Itaalia vein Masseto järel, mida läbi Place de Bordeaux pakutakse.

James Suckling 100 p | Robert Parker 100 p | Wine Spectator 98 p

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 100 points

There is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage. The stunning 2015 Solaia is solid evidence of this perfect alignment. This was a warm vintage that shows less favorably in my opinion in different parts of Italy and with other grapes that render their most elegant performances in the cooler vintages. I would put pure expressions of Nebbiolo and Sangiovese in this category. However, Tuscany and many of her great blended reds (made partially or fully with international grapes) operate according to a different logic. To me, their maximum expression comes when you can taste that Tuscan sunshine beaming from within. Its rays are brilliant and warm. They shine across the senses with opulence and intensity. The very name Solaia evokes the concept of sunshine and this unique Tuscan wine archetype I am referring to. With the 2015 vintage, Solaia is liquid sunshine not just in name but also in fact. The bouquet is immediately soft and sensual with dark fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. The mouthfeel shows intensity and power, but you don't get any heavy residue from the dry extract (measured at 33 grams per liter). Indeed, the wine feels glossy, tonic and fresh. It is composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and a tiny part Cabernet Franc. There is a bit of crunch or snap that comes thanks to the more acidity-prone Sangiovese grape (the wine measures 3.5 in pH). Finally, the tannins are beautifully sweet and ripe. This wine is meticulously executed, and the 2015 vintage lives up to an ideal of what we imagine Solaia to be. It will be released about a week after this review is published.

James Suckling 100 points

The nose to this Solaia is truly phenomenal with currants, blackberries, roses and violets. So perfumed. Full-bodied and everything is in check and harmony with polished tannins that last for minutes. Purity and focus. Is it the greatest Solaia ever? So drinkable already, but this is a wine for ages ahead.

Wine Spectator 98 points

Floral, mint and medicinal herb aromas introduce this rich, black currant–infused red. Firm and compact, with vibrant structure, youthful harmony and a lingering, fruit-, herb- and spice-tinged finish. Shows terrific balance and length, with the best yet to come. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2038.