Antinori Solaia 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy

Item No. 96187
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS97
  • V93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • V96
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Winemaker's Notes

Solaia, which means the ‘sunny one' in Italian, is a 25-acre south-west facing vineyard that is contiguous to the Tignanello Vineyard in Chianti Classico. Solaia is produced only in exceptional years. It was not produced in the 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1992 vintages.

Intense ruby red in color with aromas of ripe fruit, spices, blackpepper, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Generous, vibrant and balanced on the palate with sweet, mouthfilling tannins, minerally hints and weight and character enhanced by the complexity and finesse. The wine is incredibly evocative of its terroir, with a long, distinctive finish.

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

Critical Acclaim

"Gorgeous aromas of blackberry, mineral and flowers follow through to a full body, with superfine tannins and a long, long finish. A complex and wonderfully structured red. Long and beautiful. Best after 2012."
97 Points

"The 2005 Solaia is a fresh, primary wine loaded with the essence of super-ripe blueberries, blackberries and sweet toasted oak, all laced with an attractive inner perfume. While the 2005 doesn't quite match the very finest vintages, it is a remarkable effort in this tricky vintage."
93 Points

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My wife and I generally drink wines in the under $20 wine range. For our 7th anniversary, we planned some things around a very special bottle: the Antinori Solaia 2005. This was an exceptional wine. I have to confess, I picked because of it's high rating in Wine Spectator (97); but also because we are planning to go back to Italy to take wine tasting tours in and around FLorence - including a tour up to Badia di Passignano. This bottle was spectacular. We look forward to try more wines from Antinori and our tour of Tuscany.
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Yuri Vanetik - Santa Ana, CA (read all my reviews)

This is truly an amazing Solaia - to be cherished
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Learn About Antinori Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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