Solaia

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Franc

Climate

The winter of 2013 and the preceding autumn were characterized by above average rainfall  and by temperatures which were not particularly cold, with the exception of one week during the month of February when there was heavy snowfall as well. Spring began with a climate which was much like the preceding months, determining important delays in bud burst, but despite this fact the successive phases of flowering and bud set saw normal growth and development. May and June were cool and rainy, assisting vegetative growth in the vineyard, while July and August were warm and dry, but without excessive peak temperatures, and the vines continued working, recovering a large part of the delay which had previously accumulated. Ideal weather marked the month of September and the first half of October, the harvest period – in addition to continuing warmth during the day, there were significant temperature swings between this daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness. This assisted in bringing the different grape varieties to a full and complete levels of ripeness. Picking began during the last week of September, later than usual as a harvest. The excellent weather brought out all the quality of the Cabernet Franc, picked between September 28th and 30th, while the Sangiovese was picked during the first week of October. The Cabernet Sauvignon crop was brought to the cellar between October 7th and 16th under climatic conditions which were absolutely perfect for the quality of the fruit.

Vinification

The 2013 vintage was characterized, more than any other, by careful and attentive vineyard work, first with important leaf removal operations and then with a rigorous selection of the grapes, first in the vineyard during picking, and then in the cellars. These operations assisted in giving musts of great richness in color, aromatic and with an intense expression of fruit, both factors which presage a vintage of an exceptional quality level.
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 Anttinori 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 with purple highlights, the 2013 Solaia shows aromas of ripe red fruit, pleasurably fresh and vibrant, accompanied by balsamic sensation of liquorice and mint. Hints of vanilla and smoke on the aromatic close fuse with an intense spiciness to create a powerful impact. The palate, initially elegant, becomes full bodied with tannins of much shape and solidity. The finish and aftertaste are quite complex with their expressive notes of black fruit and chocolate along with an excellent savor and vigor.

Awards

James Suckling

97/100

2016 USA

Daniele Cernilli

97/100

2016 ITALIA

Antonio Galloni

94+/100

2016 USA