Antinori Solaia 2013
Made of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc in the 2013 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.
Wine AdvocateThe best vintages of Solaia are 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and now 2013. Marchesi Antinori's 2013 Solaia is a profound and meaningful wine that is based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc in supporting roles. It sports a dark and thick texture with plump fruit and spice, grilled herb and black pepper. The bouquet is intense and layered with the kind of complexity that is best admired as the wine shifts and evolves in the glass. The textual impact is also impressive—you feel the inherent power and the structure, but these elements are never overdone. The best is yet to come; this Solaia is built for long cellar aging.
James SucklingWow. This is a stylish young red with currant, light herb, spice and bark aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and attractive now but better in 2020. A classic as always.
Wine SpectatorDesignation Collectibles. Offers weight and presence, with black currant, plum and black cherry aromas and flavors. The structure is vibrant and harmonious. Herb, earth and spice accents complete the profile, with a lingering, savory finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2033. 500 cases imported.
Wine Enthusiast"Cellar Selection" This blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc opens with intense aromas of black-skinned fruit, purple flower, oak and exotic spice. The taut, elegant palate offers black currant, black cherry, chopped mint and white pepper alongside bright acidity and polished, fine-grained tannins. It's still youthfully austere, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2020-2033.