Antinori Solaia 2011

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Solaia is one of Antinori's crowning jewels and a long-time Bottle Shop favorite in the world of Super Tuscans. 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. The 2011 is made of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand Antinori
  • js96

James SucklingA big, rich wine but there's lots of brightness and beauty at the same time. Shows licorice and asphalt. Full body with chewy tannins and a long finish. Terracotta, Tuscan dust and spice; balsamic too. This needs three to five years to soften. Intense finish.

  • agv96

VinousBlackberry jam, cassis, grilled herbs and melted road tar meld together in the 2011 Solaia. Another super-exotic, racy 2011 from Antinori, Solaia is supremely beautiful. Mocha, espresso and sage are some of the many notes that add complexity. Hints of white truffle, lavender, smoke and licorice are laced into the exotic, racy finish. In 2011, Solaia has a dollop more of Cabernet Franc in the blend, added to give the wine a touch of freshness. Ripe and flashy to the core, the 2011 needs time to lose some of its youthful exuberance. At times, the 2011 could be easily mistaken for a wine from Napa Valley, such is its intensity.

Antonio Galloni
  • st93

International Wine CellarBlack cherry, blackcurrant, chocolate, fresh herbs and smoky oak on the nose and palate. Highly concentrated, silky and sweet, but also quite taut and energetic in the mouth, displaying perfectly integrated acidity and polished tannins. The subtle, slowly expanding finish features captivating lingering sweetness. Still very youthful: I'd forget about this wine in the cellar for another eight to ten years.

Stephen Tanzer
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateI'm not fully convinced by the 2011 Solaia. It is a hedonistic and heady expression for sure, but it doesn't come near the 97 points I awarded the 2010 vintage. In fact, the bouquet here is very ripe with thick tones of strawberry and blackberry folded within tobacco, leather and sweet spice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc offer flavors of rum cake and candied fruit. There's a good amount of tannic firmness surrounded by thick extract and fleshiness.

Monica Larner, October 2014