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.
"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."
"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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
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.
This is truly an amazing Solaia - to be cherished