Solaia is one of the leading wines of the famous Tuscan winery, Antinori. Obtained from the homonymous 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure situated at the Tignanello estate, Solaia is a great Italian wine, produced exclusively in exceptional vintages and it represents a true symbol of the most prestigeous Italian oenology.
Solaia is the friut of Antinori's Family passion, care, attention and research and it was born for the first time in 1978, with an initial blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, which was also repeated for the 1979 vintage. In the following vintages, Antinori introduced 20% Sangiovese grapes and made some corrections, thanks to the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, until reaching the current composition.
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.
A very intense ruby red in color, the wine offers aromas rich in their concentration of red and black fruit (cherries and black cherries, raspberries, cassis, blueberries, and wild berry fruit) which, together with notes of vanilla, black pepper, and liquorice, compose a bouquet which is decisively ample and complex. The palate is exceptionally elegant and balanced, fresh in its flavors and with much personality, solid and silky in its texture and tannins. The finish, characterized by notes of fruit and spices, is of great finesse and persistence.
FOOD MATCHING SUGGESTIONS
Solaia by Marchesi Antinori is a great meditation wine, the ideal companion for wine tasting in front of the burning fireplace. On the table, Solaia excels in combination with elaborate dishes, especially braised and roasted meat, feathered game, fois-gras as well as porcini mushrooms and truffles dishes.
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.