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Antinori - Tenuta Tignanello : Solaia 2016

Tuscany - Toscana - Red - 14°
Antinori - Tenuta Tignanello : Solaia 2016
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    The elegance and structure of an exceptional Super Toscan

    Rated 100/100 by both The Wine Advocate and James Suckling, the Solaia 2016 has joined the ranks of the most legendary vintages of this legendary Super Tuscan by the prestigious Antinori estate.

    The magnificent 2016 vintage will be remembered as a year with an exceptional harvest. The climatic conditions throughout the year allowed the fruit to reach a perfect stage of maturity. This 2016 vintage reveals a superb expression of the Tenuta Tignanello terroir, in the region of Tuscany, in central Italy. Produced in the Toscana IGT appellation, the Solaia 2016 is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese.

    At the tasting, the Solaia 2016 by Tenuta Tignanello Marchesi Antinori displays an intense ruby red colour. The aromatic bouquet is immediately distinguished by its richness, intensity and complexity. Notes of ripe black fruits, evoking blackberry and bilberry, are followed by balsamic touches, suggesting slight hints of menthol. Gourmet notes of chocolate and candy appear as well, giving way to spicy and peppery touches, leaving a sensation of great freshness on the nose. The wine quickly coats the palate with its full, enveloping texture and soft, silky tannins. The palate is very elegant, highlighting a unique, vibrant expression by the fruit as it unfolds on the incredibly long and lingering finish. A prodigious vintage from Solaia that will evolve beautifully through the decades to come.

    Parker : 100 / 100
    J. Robinson : 17++ / 20
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    I fussed over scoring this wine more than I'd like to admit--tasting through three samples under different conditions at various intervals and testing my impressions blind against wines in its peer group. Most importantly, I tasted this 2016 vintage against the 2015 vintage over and over again. I confess to a few nights of restless sleep as a result. Ultimately, my decision to award 100 points to the 2016 Solaia came on impulse and with the most natural sense of purpose. I had also given the 2015 vintage a perfect score, and intellectually, it seemed impossible not to pick a favorite among these two stunning expressions. I will also state, outright, that the wines are very different, principally because the 2015 vintage shows more overall opulence and sweetness that extends to the pronounced textural richness of the mouthfeel. The 2016 vintage, on the other hand, is more chiseled and sharp with mineral shadings of campfire ash and graphite at the rim of its dark fruit. The mouthfeel is more streamlined and tight at its core, suggesting that the wine will unfold and soften beautifully with time. I feel like 2015 is the Dolce & Gabbana of the situation and the 2016 is the Armani Privé. The personalities of the two wines are distinct, yet my admiration for each is identical.

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese/Cabernet Franc

    J. Robinson

    J. Suckling

    Vinous - A. Galloni

    Wine Spectator


    Wine certification




    Antinori - Tenuta Tignanello


    Contains sulphites