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Solaia Antinori Toscana Vino Rosso Italiano 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Tuscan - Indicazione Geografica Tipica 2003 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese 2003 will be remembered as one of the hottest years in recent decades. In late March the winery’s weather station recorded maximum temperatures of over 20°C, climbing to over 30°C in early May and close to 40°C in August. A record total of 2400° in daytime was recorded by heat summation, (which expresses the energy received by the vineyard during its vegetative-productive phase) compared to an average of 2000°. From early June until the harvest there were only four significant rainfalls, roughly one per month, which allowed the grapes to ripen well despite limited water. Given the weather, the harvest was predictably early, at least in part: some of the Cabernet and Sangiovese grapes were fully ripe by mid-September. Vinification adapted to the use of techniques better suited to hot weather: the rich extractability of the polyphenolic components enabled maceration to take place at 25°C, lasting a maximum of 7 days for the Sangiovese and 10 days for the Cabernet. The extraction method used almost exclusively was délestage, devatting with little residual sugar and completing alcoholic fermentation in new French oak barriques. Malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously by the end of November in these same barriques. The wines were blended after malolactic fermentation, remaining in the barriques for another 12 months during which time they underwent racking three times. After ageing the wine was tasted barrique by barrique and the necessary selection took place before bottling. After a year in the bottles the wine was released for sale. Alcohol : 13,5% Vol. Solaia, which means the 'sunny one' in Italian, is a 10 hectares (25 acres) southwest-facing vineyard planted 351-396 metres (1,150-1,300 feet) above sea-level on stony calcareous soil of marl and friable albarese rock. It is located at Tignanello estate, contiguous to the homonymous vineyard, which is on the same property, in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone of Chianti Classico. Antinori first produced a single-vineyard wine from these vines with the 1978 vintage (which was a limited release only in Italy); the initial blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, which was repeated in 1979. During following vintages, 20% Sangiovese was introduced and small adjustments were made (according to vintage) to the proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc used, to arrive at today's blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese. Solaia was not produced in the 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1992 vintages. Black pepper, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, plums and bottled fruit aromas follow each other continually in Solaia 2003. The wine is strikingly elegant with nicely blended tannins supporting the sensation of sweetness and weight. The tasting does not reveal harshness, and the balance shows distinctive sweetness from the riper grapes. Hints of liquorice and coffee return in the impressively long finish.

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 Solaia Antinori Toscana Vino Rosso Italiano

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Snooth User: Healy
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5.00 5
11/03/2007

Pretty amazing big super tuscan. Deep, dark red color. Some fruit smell, but mainly strong oak flavors and great finish. Excellend tannins. Perfect for steak.


Snooth User: Outi
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4.00 5
11/10/2007

Perusturvallinen. Erinomainen italialainen.


Snooth User: mgu1637
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5.00 5
02/22/2008

Great wine...great upfront...all round fabulous wine


Snooth User: rcscgrhpx
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3.00 5
04/28/2009

This was a pleasant surprise. For less than $10, it provided quite a few classic Bordeaux flavors. Great ripe cherry, red plums, cassis and just a hint of leather come through on both the nose and palate. Ripe and full in the mouth. A nice old world style with a hint of new world fruit.


Snooth User: Gene Vassilaros
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4.00 5
04/17/2013

Nice and balanced. Would be great with lean meat.


Snooth User: Maurizio
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4.00 5
07/14/2008

Love it!


Snooth User: bears2nddad
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4.00 5
03/15/2008

Wow! This is a Super Tuscan at a relatively mini price. It has a big nose, deep ruby color, strong oak and long finish. Not over-powering, and matches well with bbq chicken or steak. I've gone back to the store 3 times for this one.


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External Reviews for Solaia Antinori Toscana Vino Rosso Italiano

External Review
11/20/2013

Having exploded in quality, the 2003 is now much more massive, concentrated, and powerful than it was a year ago. Now one of the top right bank wines of the vintage, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a bold, dramatic fragrance of melted chocolate, expresso roast, smoke, plums, blackberries, and black currants. Full-bodied and rich, with low acidity, high tannin, loads of glycerin, and massive, multilayered flavors, this brilliant effort (tasted on three separate occasions) reminded me of the prodigious 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009–2022.


External Review
11/20/2013

This favorite of ours comes from the very heart of Bordeaux’s Graves district, and is a generous blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged 12 to 18 months in barrel. The strength of this wine lies in its complexity of chocolate, cedar and coffee aromas and flavors.


External Review
11/25/2013

Fine white wine- 2003 - Keller Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Dalsheimer Hubacker 12 - Germany - Region: Rheinhessen - Apellation: Rheinhessen - Riesling - 375 ml.


External Review
11/20/2013

This superb estate, run with impeccable attention to detail by Christine Valette, has produced a formidable, backward wine that will require considerable cellaring. When St.-Emilion’s new classification is announced in several months, it will be a crime if Troplong is not promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe status. Even by Bordeaux standards this is a weighty vin du garde, with huge density, a backward, masculine style, an inky dark ruby/purple hue, and subtle notions of white chocolate, expresso roast, plums, blackberries, and currants. Full-bodied, powerful, and “closed for business” at present, it exhibits beautiful purity, stunning depth, and a long, persistent finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2025+.


External Review
11/20/2013

Although the 2003 Giusto di Notri a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc may not quite reach the level of the 2004 it too is outstanding. Boasting an attractive set of super-ripe fruit earth herb and well-integrated oak sensations it is a plump juicy Giusto di Notri that should provide its best drinking within the next few years. Like so many 2003s it suffers from slightly hard drying tannins but there is enough fruit to provide balance and the tannins have become better integrated since I last tasted this wine a few months ago. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2013. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
11/20/2013

Beautiful plum, berry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with refined tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very nicely done. Best after 2009.


External Review
11/25/2013

Fine white wine- 2003 - Keller Riesling Trockenbe. Westhofener Kirchspiel 12 Gold CAP - Germany - Region: Rheinhessen - Apellation: Rheinhessen - Riesling - 375 ml.


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Tuscan - Indicazione Geografica Tipica 2003 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese 2003 will be remembered as one of the hottest years in recent decades. In late March the winery’s weather station recorded maximum temperatures of over 20°C, climbing to over 30°C in early May and close to 40°C in August. A record total of 2400° in daytime was recorded by heat summation, (which expresses the energy received by the vineyard during its vegetative-productive phase) compared to an average of 2000°. From early June until the harvest there were only four significant rainfalls, roughly one per month, which allowed the grapes to ripen well despite limited water. Given the weather, the harvest was predictably early, at least in part: some of the Cabernet and Sangiovese grapes were fully ripe by mid-September. Vinification adapted to the use of techniques better suited to hot weather: the rich extractability of the polyphenolic components enabled maceration to take place at 25°C, lasting a maximum of 7 days for the Sangiovese and 10 days for the Cabernet. The extraction method used almost exclusively was délestage, devatting with little residual sugar and completing alcoholic fermentation in new French oak barriques. Malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously by the end of November in these same barriques. The wines were blended after malolactic fermentation, remaining in the barriques for another 12 months during which time they underwent racking three times. After ageing the wine was tasted barrique by barrique and the necessary selection took place before bottling. After a year in the bottles the wine was released for sale. Alcohol : 13,5% Vol. Solaia, which means the 'sunny one' in Italian, is a 10 hectares (25 acres) southwest-facing vineyard planted 351-396 metres (1,150-1,300 feet) above sea-level on stony calcareous soil of marl and friable albarese rock. It is located at Tignanello estate, contiguous to the homonymous vineyard, which is on the same property, in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone of Chianti Classico. Antinori first produced a single-vineyard wine from these vines with the 1978 vintage (which was a limited release only in Italy); the initial blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, which was repeated in 1979. During following vintages, 20% Sangiovese was introduced and small adjustments were made (according to vintage) to the proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc used, to arrive at today's blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese. Solaia was not produced in the 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1992 vintages. Black pepper, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, plums and bottled fruit aromas follow each other continually in Solaia 2003. The wine is strikingly elegant with nicely blended tannins supporting the sensation of sweetness and weight. The tasting does not reveal harshness, and the balance shows distinctive sweetness from the riper grapes. Hints of liquorice and coffee return in the impressively long finish.

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