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Antinori Solaia Toscana 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep, dark sensations of smoke, tar and scorched earth emerge from the powerful 2001 Solaia. This fresh, vibrant offering is packed with dense ripe fruit. This is an especially rich, heavy style of Solaia that lacks the subtlety and grace of the finest vintages. Still, in 2001 Solaia is a more complete wine than Tignanello. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

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 Toscana

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Snooth User: enophiliac
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5.00 5
01/23/2008

One of the great wines in the world for under $100 without question. Give the opportunity to order either the Solaia or the Guado al Tasso, although both typically bordering greatness, I'd take the Guado. The profound concentration alone isn't usually seen in wine this inexpensive relative to the world market....to boot, the aromatic profile is in 3-d, seeming to forever stain your memory and palate if you get a glass!


0.00 5
07/22/2008

This wine looks like the real deal, a deep penetrating ruby red. The bouquet stands out immediately with cherries, blackberries, chocolate and minerals. The palate is silky smooth and soft with the correct balance of tannins. There is nothing aggressive here but yet the experience is an attack. All the senses are brought to life with this spectacular effort. Ready for drinking from 2007. (SN - 11/07)


Snooth User: goldendd
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3.00 5
01/10/2008

Typical "Italian style" Sangiovese. Smoked lunch meat on the nose. Its difficlt to pick up the cherry through the oak and suede but its there. Faint cherry and bitter dark chocolate finish.


Snooth User: Jesua Escalante
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4.00 5
03/27/2013

A very great wine, great flavor & long tannin... it will be special if storage 6 months more... but not more than that.


Snooth User: Andyc
304163
4.00 5
08/17/2007

With a grenache syrah blend this wine is amazingly smooth and feels like you are drinking a much more expensive bottle than it actually is. Normally less than 5 GBP.


External Reviews for Antinori Solaia Toscana

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Dark in color, with intense aromas of blackberries and fresh herbs, such as basil, with a hint of eucalyptus. Full-bodied, with extremely well-polished tannins and a long, long finish. A tight and racy young wine that needs time to come into its own. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Best after 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Always a voluptuous and rounded red. Gorgeous blackberry, black currant and lead pencil aromas. Full-bodied, with well integrated, soft tannins. Long, fruity aftertaste. Best after 2000.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This solid Solaia has a god dark ruby color, with berry, tobacco and a hint of mint to its character. It's medium-bodied, boasts a solid core of fruit and polished tannins. Long finish. Meeds bottle age; best after 2000.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The estate's 2006 Solaia is a big, powerful offering loaded with ripe blackberry jam, herbs, minerals and French oak. Like all of the 2006s from Antinori, the Solaia remains extraordinarily dense and primary. Readers will have to be patient with this wine and give it plenty of bottle age before the full range of its aromas and nuances blossom fully. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.


External Review
02/24/2010

Kracher Grande Cuvée Trockenbeerenauslese Nr.6 edelsüß 2001 (0,375L): Jahrgang: 2001Inhalt: 0,375 L -HalbflascheRegion: Weingut: KracherRebsorte: 60% Chardonnay, 40 % WelschrieslingRestzucker: 226,9 g/LiterRestsäure: 7 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.1 Süßwein


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Perhaps the greatest Solaia yet made, it rivals the outstanding 1985 the sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored 1997 exhibits a complex nose of cedar, cigar box, cassis, and subtle oak and reveals extraordinary concentration, a thick, viscous texture, yet no sense of heaviness or ponderousness. It is a thrilling Solaia to consume of the next two decades. If a first-growth Pauillac were made in Tuscany, this would be it!


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Deep, dark sensations of smoke, tar and scorched earth emerge from the powerful 2001 Solaia. This fresh, vibrant offering is packed with dense ripe fruit. This is an especially rich, heavy style of Solaia that lacks the subtlety and grace of the finest vintages. Still, in 2001 Solaia is a more complete wine than Tignanello. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

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