Solaia 2011 – new release of one of Italy’s ‘first growths’

by Charles Lea

Solaia is the top wine made by the Antinori family. It has also proved a defining wine for Italy, proving, together with Sassicaia, that Italy is capable of producing world class wines from ‘international’ varieties. To begin with, in 1978 and 1979, it was made of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20%% Cabernet Franc. From the following vintage 20% Sangiovese was included, and the current blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese, all from Antinori’s Tignanello vineyard.

The 2011 is a true classic of the style, less tight and a bit more spicy than some vintages on release. Nevertheless slow to open up, it has penetrating concentration in a mid-weight body, a nose which in its tobacco and cedar-box aromas shows a perfect ripeness, but is in no way overbearing. A wine for European palates, perhaps, but it seems to appeal to everyone.

Solaia

2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £695.00 per wood case of six bottles in bond

also available:-
2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £250 per wood case of one magnum in bond
2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £550 per wood case of 1 double-magnum
2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £1100 per wood case of 1 imperial

This is a primeur offer, with the wine offered in bond London and subject to onward delivery charges if transfer to another bond is required. Delivery is included in the duty-paid prices subject to our normal terms.

To order please email primeurs@leaandsandeman.co.uk and you order will be confirmed by return. The wine will be shipped by the end of the year, but final delivery may not take place until early 2015.

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