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Antinori Solaia (Super Tuscan)

Solaia which means the Sunny One is produced from a single twenty-five-acre vineyard located next to the Tignanello vineyard in the Chianti Classico zone. The wine is a blend   of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Any grapes that are not used to make this wine goes into other Antinori wines.

Antinori Solaia

2015 Antinori Solaia Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $350.00 (Sold Out)

100 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

There is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage. The stunning 2015 Solaia is solid evidence of this perfect alignment. This was a warm vintage that shows less favorably in my opinion in different parts of Italy and with other grapes that render their most elegant performances in the cooler vintages. I would put pure expressions of Nebbiolo and Sangiovese in this category. However, Tuscany and many of her great blended reds (made partially or fully with international grapes) operate according to a different logic. To me, their maximum expression comes when you can taste that Tuscan sunshine beaming from within. Its rays are brilliant and warm.

They shine across the senses with opulence and intensity. The very name Solaia evokes the concept of sunshine and this unique Tuscan wine archetype I am referring to. With the 2015 vintage, Solaia is liquid sunshine not just in name but also in fact. The bouquet is immediately soft and sensual with dark fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. The mouthfeel shows intensity and power, but you don’t get any heavy residue from the dry extract (measured at 33 grams per liter). Indeed, the wine feels glossy, tonic and fresh. 

It is composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and a tiny part Cabernet Franc. There is a bit of crunch or snap that comes thanks to the more acidity-prone Sangiovese grape (the wine measures 3.5 in pH). Finally, the tannins are beautifully sweet and ripe. This wine is meticulously executed, and the 2015 vintage lives up to an ideal of what we imagine Solaia to be. It will be released about a week after this review is published.

100 Points James Suckling

The nose to this Solaia is truly phenomenal with currants, blackberries, roses and violets. So perfumed. Full-bodied and everything is in check and harmony with polished tannins that last for minutes. Purity and focus. Is it the greatest Solaia ever? So drinkable already, but this is a wine for ages ahead.

98 Points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

Full-bodied and elegant, this gorgeous red offers aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, fragrant blue flower, spice, menthol and a whiff of new leather. It’s structured and loaded with finesse, delivering cassis, ripe Marasca cherry, licorice and tobacco set against a firm backbone of smooth, velvety tannins. Surprisingly fresh acidity for the hot vintage keeps it balanced. It still needs a few more years to fully develop.

98 Points Wine Spectator

Floral, mint and medicinal herb aromas introduce this rich, black currant–infused red. Firm and compact, with vibrant structure, youthful harmony and a lingering, fruit-, herb- and spice-tinged finish. Shows terrific balance and length, with the best yet to come. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2038.                   

98 Points Wine & Spirits

The 2015 Solaia is simply dazzling. While many regions of Tuscany suffered through heat and drought in the late summer, Solaia’s vines, situated between 1,150 and 1,325 feet in altitude, enjoyed cooler evening temperatures and some rain in August that stimulated the ripening process. The wine shows impressive freshness for the vintage, with high notes of menthol and licorice that balance the lush flavors of black currant and cassis. Other notes emerge—black olive, moist tobacco, dark chocolate, graphite—that build layers of complexity and concentration, even as the freshness persists. Silky tannins create a seamless impression on the palate, and the finish is cool, energizing and very long.

Antinori Tignanello (Super Tuscan) 

Also, know as Tenura Tignanello is a 110-acre vineyard that the Antinori family has owned since 1900. Tignanello is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. This vineyard is at a higher elevation than most others in the area.  The first commercial release of Tignanello was in 1978. 

2016 Antinori Tignanello Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $135.00

98 Points Vinous

The 2016 Tignanello is flat out stunning. Dark, dense and resonant, the 2016 is a wonderfully complete wine that will provide readers with decades of pure drinking pleasure. The 2016 is especially dark and brooding, and yet the tannins are incredibly polished to the point of being perceptible. In the glass, the 2016 is complete and regal, perhaps because of the super-classic blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The pedigree of the vintage comes through in the wine’s extraordinary balance and total sense of finesse. I don’t think there is another wine anywhere in the world made entirely from estate fruit that can match Tignanello for quality, consistency and value within its peer group of top-flight reds.

97 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

To hit the market in June, the 2016 Tignanello is a rock-solid wine and a stunning beauty. The wine offers an impeccable level of precision and laser-focus delivery of fruits, spices, tilled earth, espresso beans and Mediterranean herbs. This vintage follows the classic blending formula of 80% Sangiovese with about 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. T

he vines are now 15 to 20 years old. Compared to the 2015 vintage that ultimately appeared more chewy and succulent, this expression from the iconic 2016 vintage is more vibrant, nervous and jazzed. It shows more savory spice, saltiness and minerality, with a beautifully integrated quality of tannins. Some 320,000 bottles were produced. This wine is at the top of the list of some of the best Tignanello ever made, including the vintages 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015.

97 Points James Suckling

Wonderful aromas of pine needles, rosemary, fresh mushrooms, bark and dark fruit. Full body. Very tight and tannic backbone. Racy and driven. Undertones of orange peel and wet earth. Even licorice and mint. Great finish. Better after 2021, but exciting to taste now.

97 Points Wine Spectator

A big, lush style, this red delivers pure aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry, violet, flint, tobacco and baking spices. This is supple, yet backed by a firm, dense matrix of tannins, so all the components are there, but this needs time to integrate. Lovely sweet, ripe finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2040.

96 Points Wine & Spirits

The 2016 growing season saw warm temperatures without any big heat spikes, allowing even ripening and yielding a vibrant, harmonious Tignanello with plenty of aging potential. Brisk acidity draws out the wine’s deeply concentrated flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum into an energetic evolution across the palate. Notes of tobacco, subtle spices and dark chocolate emerge to add dimension to the fruit tones, the flavors woven together in a seamless, silky texture.

Antinori Guado al Tasso (Super Tuscan)  

This large estate, approximately 2,300 acres is located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany along the coast. It is planted with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Besides the flagship Guado al Tasso which is a blend of  60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. The estate also produces Il Bruciata a red blend made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. A delicious Rose called Scalabrone and Vermentino. 

2016 Antinori Guado al Tasso Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $130.00

98 Points James Suckling

Beautiful center palate of fruit here with ripe and silky tannins that are resolved and fine-grained. Full-bodied, polished and ever so refined. Oyster shell, stone and hints of rosemary and lavender. Driven finish. Better after 2022.

98 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This stunning vintage of this landmark wine marks a slight adjustment to the blend. The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Guado Al Tasso is no longer made with Petit Verdot. The blend is now 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and now 20% Cabernet Franc. This small change does not go unnoticed, as this wine is absolutely seamless now—like the finest Asian silk fabric. That profound textural softness and suppleness changes the way the wine smells and tastes, with hints of momentary sweetness that are more tactile than anything else.

Generally speaking, the 2016 vintage offers more elegance (slightly less concentration) and a hair more freshness compared to the 2015 edition. When I tasted this wine, the bouquet was still timid, but it will no doubt become more expressive and open as this beautiful wine continues forward along its aging trajectory. Some 120,000 bottles were made, a remarkable feat considering the extreme quality on offer.

96 Points Decanter

From alluvial soil of mostly clay and sand, Guado al Tasso is Antinori’s top Bolgheri wine. It’s a classic Bordeaux blend this year without any Petit Verdot – less bold and rich in style than the 2015 but otherwise extremely elegant and drinkable. It’s dark and concentrated, opening to aromas of restrained cassis, clean leather and a hint of earthy minerality. The firm yet ripe palate develops flavours of dense, supple brambly fruit and chocolate. It’s a bit warming on the finish but is otherwise extremely well balanced.

94 Points Wine Spectator

An exuberant style, boasting ripe black cherry and plum notes, with hints of coffee, chocolate and toasty oak. Lush and powerful, with a backbone of muscular tannins for support. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2021 through 2033.

93 Points Wine & Spirits

The 2016 Guado al Tasso is ripe and rich, its flavors of dark plum and dried cherries laced with notes of exotic black spices and dark chocolate. With its rich texture and layered complexity, it will be even better after the oak flavors have time to integrate.

2016 ll Bruciata Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $31.00

94 Points James Suckling

This second wine shows such a great balance of round tannins and juicy, creamy and chocolate character. Full, flavorful and joyful. Salty and juicy. Savory and even meaty. Drink now or hold.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This is absolutely one of the best value wines you will find in Italy and I suspect beyond. The 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Il Bruciato is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Syrah. With more than one million bottles made, there should be no problem finding it at your nearest wine merchant. Once you do locate it, I enthusiastically recommend that you pick up a few cases. This vintage comes together with seamless intensity and smoothness. You get so much dark fruit flavor, paired with soft tannins, spice, smoke and dried blackberry. Il Bruciato pulls off its magic effortlessly. It doesn’t try to be anything other than it is: Delicious. 

90 Points Wine Spectator

Cherry jam, blackberry and floral aromas and flavors prevail in this fruity red. Well-structured and balanced, if showing a youthful exuberance. Fine length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2028.

Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 

The Pian Delle Vigne estate is 460 acres of which 150 acres are planted to Sangivese Gross. Besides making the regular Brunello they make a Riserva (only from the best Vintages) and a tasty Rosso di Montalcino.

2013 Brunello di Montalcino Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $80.00

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Alluring scents of sweet pipe tobacco, baking spice, violet and baked plum abound in this fragrant red. Elegantly structured, the bright, polished palate offers Marasca cherry, raspberry compote and licorice framed by well-knit, silky tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. It’s already tempting but the best is yet to come. Drink 2021–2028.

93 Points Wine Spectator

This is concentrated and densely structured, offering cherry, plum, chocolate, leather, earth and tobacco flavors. Starts out fluid, turning a bit lean and chewy on the finish, yet stays long, so give this a few years. Best from 2023 through 2037.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne shows a level of increased volume and texture that appears less frequently in its peers. This wine has always marched to its own drumbeat, and this newest release is no exception. A warmer microclimate characterizes the spot where these vineyards are located, and the fruit is opulent, ripe and exuberant as a result. The Antinori house style also comes through, and the wine has a more contemporary or international outlook as a result. What I really want to say is that Pian delle Vigne shows great results in this vintage. The Pian is back.

2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $150.00

94 Points Wine Spectator

This is round, offering cherry, plum and savory, salty mineral elements. The structure is well-meshed, lending support while remaining harmonious. Almost feels approachable now, but this will be better in two to three years. Best from 2021 through 2035.

94 Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of forest floor, truffle, leather and mature black-skinned fruit align with a hint of exotic spice. On the warm, forward palate, fine-grained tannins support flavors of raspberry jam, brandied black cherry, licorice and pipe tobacco. Drink 2019–2027.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

I can just smell all the thought and hard work that evidently went into making the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian delle Vigne Vignaferrovia. This wine is the fruit of important discussions, contemplation and decision-making. I say that because I know how challenging the 2012 vintage was for people who farm Sangiovese. That effort has paid off handsomely because this is a complete and layered wine that makes a careful presentation of bold primary fruit that segues to secondary aromas of spice and tobacco. Generally speaking, I like the 2013 vintage far better than 2012, but this wine has pulled itself forward to earn a high score, thanks to its sheer willpower and determination.

92 Points James Suckling

A wine with lots of dried fruit and walnuts. Cherries, too. Full body, dense and round tannins with deep ripe fruit. Extremely flavorful and decadent. Has California sensibility to it. Fruit-forward.

91 Points Decanter

This comes from a 4.5ha plot next to a 19th century railroad station located on the estate’s grounds. The calcareous clay soil is rich in small stones, and the vines are planted with a southeastern exposure. Cherry compote, liquorice, leather and dried spice are already expressive. Full, concentrated and chewy, it will satisfy those looking for a rich, voluminous, upfront Brunello. A match for hearty braised meats. Drinking Window 2019 – 2029

2015 Rosso di Montalcino Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $30.00

92 Points James Suckling

A linear and fine red with plum and berry character. Medium body and a tangy finish. Plenty of dried orange peel and intense fruit. Just the right amount of cedar and sandalwood.

91 Points Wine Spectator

This is smooth and bright, with cherry, strawberry, earth and mineral flavors. Remains fresh on the finish, with a long, licorice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2023.       

Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 

The Badia a Passignano estate was purchased in 1987. While the estate is nearly 800 acres, only 125 acres are planted to Sangiovese. 

2015 Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Reviews

94 Points James Suckling

A 2015 red with opulent dark fruits such as ripe raspberries and black currants follow through to medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a deliciously fresh finish. Just the right acid and fruit balance to give it nerve and brillance. Drink in 2021.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is a pure expression of Sangiovese. Fruit is sourced from the San Donato area of the appellation that is not an official subzone yet but is increasingly emerging as such. This wine is distinguished by a beautiful level of openness and softness (on the Sangiovese spectrum, which means you also get a bright dose of acidity).

That softness or lushness comes in part due to the warm vintage but also thanks to the winemaking approach that relies on larger barrels (from 300 to 500 liters) and Hungarian oak that tends to be more porous and thickly textured for increased passage of oxygen. The wine offers beautiful balance between its dark fruit and savory spice comments. This Chianti Classico Gran Selezione was not produced in 2014.

93 Points Decanter

Antinori’s Badia a Passignano estate is located in the commune of San Casciano Val di Pesa, just 3 kilometres south of Tenuta Tignanello. It boasts predominately calcareous soil and is planted with clones selected from Tignanello’s vineyards. Rich fruit references the warm summer but it’s girdled by sleek, polished tannins. Currently swathed in heady spice and balsamic herbs, this needs another year to reveal the full spectrum of its nuances and will give plenty of drinking pleasure for at least a decade after that.

93 Points Wine Spectator

A traditional style, this red exhibits cherry, plum, leather and tobacco flavors. The wood aging lends dryness to the tannins now, yet there is an essence of ripe fruit midpalate and a lot of energy on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2042.

Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico

The Peppoli estate is 250 acres, slightly more than half is planted with vines.  Given its elevation and position, it truly showcases Sangiovese. What grapes are not used to make Peppoli goes towards other Antinori wines. 

2016 Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $33.00

91 Points James Suckling

A Chianti Classico that shows dark plums, raspberries and hints of crushed cherries. Medium body, ripe tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now.

Antinori Castello della Sala

This large estate covers approximately 1250 acres, located in Umbria. Just next door to Tuscany. With just over 400 acres producing Orvieto, Chardonnay (Cervaro della Sala) and a Lare Harvest Sauvignon Blanc ( Muffato della Sala). They also produce in small quantities a Pinot Noir, currently not available in the United States.  

Cervaro della Sala (Chardonnay)

Suggested Retail Price $60.00

99 Points James Suckling

This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I have tasted.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Thanks to the warm conditions of the vintage, the 2017 Cervaro della Sala takes us back to a time when this wine was denser, more extracted and packed with glycerin-rich fruit flavors like apricot and peach. Of course, the Antinori family has since moved beyond that style, most notably by tweaking the oak regime used on this wine. But the thickness and richness of the fruit in this dry and hot vintage takes us back in time with a hint of sweet nostalgia. This wine is fresh and spicy with stone fruit, mature apricot, honey, saffron and toasted almond.

93 Points Wine & Spirits

Yields at Castello della Sala were down in 2017 thanks to a late spring frost and a hot, dry summer. Selective drip irrigation and early picking (mid-August for the chardonnay, early September for the grechetto) produced a wine with vibrant flavors of green apple and brisk lemon enriched by toasty notes picked up during five months in oak barrels. Decant this for an hour to allow the fruit and oak flavors to meld, and serve it with poultry in a rich cream sauce.

91 Points Wine Spectator

Lavish hints of oak spice and lime blossom make an aromatic entry for this vibrant, medium- to full-bodied white, accenting the silky palate of nectarine, toast point and candied Meyer lemon zest flavors that linger on the finish. Chardonnay and Grechetto. Drink now through 2024.

2008 Muffato della Sala (Lare Harvest Sauvignon Blanc) 

Suggested Retail Price $60.00

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2008 Muffato della Sala is quite soft and understated in this vintage, with less of the overt sweetness of some prior editions. Floral notes meld into apricot jam, jasmine and sweet spices in a mid-weight, gracious Muffato that is all about elegance. A finely-knit finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

91 Points Wine & Spirits

Scents of honey and fresh white peaches introduce this blend of sauvignon blanc, grechetto, gewürztraminer and riesling. It’s grown at Antinori’s Cervaro della Sala and harvested late in the season, a vineyard selection of bunches affected by botrytis, which adds scents of straw and toast to the clean fruit. Delicious with a savory pear tart.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Made from grapes that have been exposed to muffa nobile or botrytis. This lovely dessert wine boasts sensations of candied fruit, dried apricot, almond and ripe yellow peach. The rich flavors are balanced with freshness, making it an ideal meditation wine to sip after dinner or pair it with seasoned cheeses.