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Antinori Solaia Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiov Toscana 2006

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Marchesi Antinori:
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Pi... Read more
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Piero Antinori is director of the company, assisted by his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, who are personally involved in the business. The qualities of tradition, passion and instinct have made Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine quality wines. Every vintage, every terroir, every idea is a new beginning, a new quest to raise our quality margins. As Marchese Piero loves to repeat: “ancient roots play an important role in our philosophy, but they have never held back our spirit of innovation”. As well as the family's traditional heritage of estates in Tuscany and Umbria, investments have been made over time in other areas highly suited to quality wine production, in Italy and abroad, in a quest to promote new terroirs, rich in winegrowing potential. Antinori continually experiment with their vineyards and cellars, with selections of native and international clones, growing methods, vineyard altitudes, fermentation methods and temperatures, traditional and modern vinification techniques, types of wood, size and age of barrels, and various bottle-ageing periods. Piero Antinori says: “We have shown over the years that it is possible to produce internationally-acclaimed fine stylish, elegant wines in Tuscany and Umbria while maintaining their original character”. Looking to the future, Antinori explains: “There are many books in our library but they are never enough for us. Our mission is not yet complete: we are driven to express the vast potential of our vineyards and reconcile all that is new and undiscovered with Tuscany's traditional, cultural, agricultural, artistic and literary heritage. These things represent the identity of Antinori, and one of our greatest strengths is that we are in Tuscany – our essential ‘Tuscan-ness', if you will”. Read less

Member Reviews for Antinori Solaia Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiov Toscana

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.00 5
11/25/2009

Aromas filled with varying dark berries, complex and concentrated flavors. This was my last Murray's Cheese pairing of the night and my favorite of the 5 that evening. The cheese was a Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a hard cheddar with grassy and nutty notes. The cheese offered more complexity to the wine and brought out a little spice on the finish.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
11/13/2007

Excellent with mediterranean food. Strawberry finish. Mad sediment at the bottom of the bottle.


Snooth User: dkmrd5
92494704
3.00 5
12/10/2008

Soft red wine, not too dry or too tannic. Good for a non-red wine drinker. I would buy and enjoy again.


Snooth User: nventure
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3.00 5
05/04/2012

3.25


Snooth User: winehound69
40885602
3.50 5
02/13/2011

Very nice wine with plenty of berry on the nose. with a smooth finish. Tastes of berry and vanilla as it goes down. Nice medium bodied wine. Great for pasta or something like herb chicken or pork loin. Paired nicely with the stuffed pasta shells for dinner. If you can get it for under 15.00 its a nice buy.


Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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3.50 5
05/09/2012

Nice garnet color. Herbal notes and a little earthiness on the nose. Some tart cherry (just a hint) and raspberry overtones on the palate. Tannins have some grip but do not steal the show. I also pick up herbal notes on the finish, sage and rosemary. Not a long finish but hangs on just long enough for you to appreciate it. Overall well balanced. I've had some good Antinori wines and some great Antinori wines, but I've never tasted a bad Antinori wine. This one is good.


Snooth User: sfquixote
29964487
3.00 5
03/03/2009

A classic Toscana sangiovese with a twist....the winery has added a dash (10%) of merlot, which gives the wine a slightly heftier body.


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External Reviews for Antinori Solaia Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiov Toscana

External Review
08/06/2008

This Sangiovese/Merlot blend is a supple, plush wine.


External Review
01/15/2009

Ruby red in colour; on the nose, intense bouquet of mature fruits; on the palate well structured, harmonious, soft and very pleasing.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Good deep purple-tinged ruby. Deeper, fresher aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and minerals than the riper andrsquo;07 shows. Still primary and brooding on the palate, with a refined, lively texture and a floral character that carries through to the aftertaste. The red and black fruit flavors are complicated by hints of forest floor and by more apparent minerality than the andrsquo;07. Quite silky in texture thanks to noble tannins. Finishes long and pure thanks to firm but well-integrated acidity. This is less soft and more austere than the excellent andrsquo;07, but each will have its admirers. This 2006 will also prove longer-lived.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese (with a small touch of Cabernet Franc), Solaiaandrsquo;s winning card is texture. The wine is soft, velvety and penetrating in the mouth with succulent flavors of blackberry, creamy cassis berry, chocolate and tobacco. Thick extraction and quality fruit craft a memorable wine that will last many long and happy years in your cellar.


External Review
07/08/2010

Intensive Frucht, aromatisch, Caramel, Kakao, geschmeidig, gehaltvoll, füllig, stattlicher Körper, nobel


External Review
03/08/2009

Bright yellow. Spicy orange and lime on the nose, with a dusty mineral quality adding interest. Racy, sharply focused citrus zest and green apple scents gain weight with air, picking up a light apricot character. Offers gentle sweetness on the long, ... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas Blanc 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Good deep purple-tinged ruby. Deeper, fresher aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and minerals than the riper ’07 shows. Still primary and brooding on the palate, with a refined, lively texture and a floral character that carries through to the aftertaste. The red and black fruit flavors are complicated by hints of forest floor and by more apparent minerality than the ’07. Quite silky in texture thanks to noble tannins. Finishes long and pure thanks to firm but well-integrated acidity. This is less soft and more austere than the excellent ’07, but each will have its admirers. This 2006 will also prove longer-lived.


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<p>Made by one of the biggest wine companies in Italy that had its origins in 1385, this wine stands up to its name as &ldquo;Super-Tuscan&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s an intense ruby red with aromas of red berries and oak. A very well-balanced flavor with cassis, cherry, and a hint of chocolate, which combine for a silky, rich finish.</p>


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