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Solaia and Tignanello
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Top Vintages Produced:
Solaia: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007
Tignanello: 1990, 2004, 2007
Solaia –Toscana IGT
Tignanello – Toscana IGT
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc
Solaia – Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Sangiovese (20%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
Tignanello –Sangiovese (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
The Marchesi Antinori family is synonymous with Italian wine, having produced traditional and innovative
wines in Tuscany and Umbria since 1385. This equates to 26 generations and over 600 years of winemaking experience.
However, due to the surge in global demand for Super Tuscan blends, it is only in the past 40 years that their wines
have become internationally renowned.
Piero Antinori led the company through this period of change and in 1971 Antinori’s flagship wine, Tignanello, was
first released. At the time, the wine created some significant controversy for its use of Cabernet Sauvignon in a
Sangiovese blend and the practice of using new oak barriques for ageing the wine.
In 1978 the first vintage of the stunningly rich Solaia was released. Although initially accused of disparaging
the cherished heritage of Italian viticulture, the trend towards creating Bordeaux-inspired blends soon became widespread
across Tuscany. (read more)
Although the Antinori wines are made with international varieties, they still retain the unique characteristics
imparted by the Tuscan environment.
Viticulture and Vinification
The Antinori wines are comprised of three main varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese,
which, in concert with one another result in soft and fruity red wines with excellent ageing potential. The fruit
for both the Tignanello and Solaia wines is grown in separate vineyards that are adjacent to one another. The 47
hectare Tignanello vineyard is located on limestone and tufaceous soil, whereas the Solaia vineyard, at only 10
hectares in size, is much smaller and sits on a base of calcareous soil which contains limestone rocks.
Tignanello was the first wine to be blended with these non-traditional varieties and aged (for 12 months) in
barriques. It is also one of the first red wines from Chianti to be created without white varieties in the blend.
Solaia is aged for slightly longer (18 months) in new French oak barrels.
Both Tignanello and Solaia are only produced in the best vintages and they continue to impress wine critics and
enthusiasts alike. In 2000, the 1997 Solaia was named Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’.
- Solaia –Toscana IGT
- Tignanello – Toscana IGT
- Solaia – 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, along with 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc
- Tignanello – 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc
Order top vintages of Solaia and Tignanello
- Tignanello 2007: (95 RP)
"This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted..." – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
- Solaia 2007: (97 RP)
"This is a wonderful Solaia loaded with vintage and vineyard character..." – Robert Parker,
The Wine Advocate
- Solaia 2001: (96 RP)
"Deep, dark sensations of smoke, tar and scorched earth emerge from the powerful 2001 Solaia..." – Robert Parker,
The Wine Advocate