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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Antinori Solaia 2000
Antinori Solaia 2000
(search item no. 60888)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $134.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
1997 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intensely fruity and complex with a good structure, well-balanced, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Displays unmistakable varietal flavor while retaining strong regional character.

Solaia, which means the 'sunny one' in Italian, is a 10 hectares (25 acres) southwest-facing vineyard planted 351-396 metres (1,150-1,300 feet) above sea-level on stony calcareous soil of marl and friable albarese rock. It is located at Santa Cristina, contiguous to the Tignanello vineyard, which is on the same property, in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone of Chianti Classico. Antinori first produced a single-vineyard wine from these vines with the 1978 vintage (which was a limited release only in Italy); the initial blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, which was repeated in 1979. During following vintages, 20% Sangiovese was introduced and small adjustments were made (according to vintage) to the proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc used, to arrive at today's blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese.

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About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.