Antinori Solaia 2010

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Made of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc in the 2010 vintage, Solaia is one of Antinori's crowning jewels. Solaia is a south west facing vineyard of about 10 hectares at 350 meters on rocky limestone land near the Tignanello estate. Marchesi Antinori produced this wine for the first time in the 1978 vintage; the original blend, repeated in 1979, was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. In subsequent years 20% of Sangiovese was added and some corrections were made to the Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc ratio until today's composition was reached.

Solaia is only made in outstanding vintages, and was not produced in 1980, 1981, 1983,1984 and 1992. The ancient Antinori family has made wine for 26 generations. They have resided in Florence since the early 13th century when they moved there from Calenzano, a village between Florence and Prato. The Antinori family's first encounter with wine dates back to 1385, when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Guild of Wine Merchants to make the best use of the family's country properties in Valdarno, around Florence. In the 16th century, banker and merchant Alessandro Antinori made the wine from his estates famous in Italy and abroad, travelling from Lyons to Flanders, and from Spain to Algiers.

Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand Antinori
  • js98

James SucklingA triumph for Solaia: it suggests the greatness of the legendary 1997. This is a wine with very subtle, complex aromas and flavours of currants, licorice and raspberries. Wonderful nose. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. The precision of the cabrenet sauvignon comes through here.

  • we97

Wine EnthusiastAlready one of Italy's most iconic bottlings, this gorgeous 2010 is already a classic. Its complex and intense bouquet unfolds with ripe blackberries, violets, leather, thyme and balsamic herbs. The palate shows structure, poise and complexity, delivering rich black currants, black cherry, licorice, mint and menthol notes alongside assertive but polished tannins and vibrant energy. This wine will age and develop for decades. Drink 2018-2040.

Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2014
  • wa97

Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Solaia puts on an incredible show that hits all the senses and keeps your unyielding attention for as long as there is wine in the bottle. There are various ways to describe the bouquet. First, is the wine's sweet side, as this beautiful 75-20-5 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc delivers ripe cherry, black currant, baking spice and dark chocolate. After that, the wine becomes redolent of tobacco, balsam, bay leaf, rum cake and dark licorice. The bouquet is all encompassing and complete. A firmly structured backbone is padded generously by the fleshy richness of its consistency. This is a gorgeous wine that will age for decades.

Monica Larner, August 2013
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorA dense, powerful red, with a good lashing of oak, this evokes black currant, blackberry and spice flavors. Finds equilibrium with air, gaining suppleness and finishing long and complex. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2028. 7,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, April 30, 2014