Marchesi di Antinori ‘Solaia’ 2009
The 2009 Solaia is one of the clear standouts of the vintage. Freshly cut flowers, raspberries, spices, mint and licorice burst from the glass as this fabulous, viscerally thrilling wine shows off its pure class. Today the oak is a bit prominent, but that won’t be an issue by the time the wine is ready to drink. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 Solaia was flat-out great. There is no shortage of pedigree here. The 2009 has calmed down a little from its youth, when it was a much more exuberant wine, and has now begun to close down in bottle. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc from a single parcel within the Antinori family’s Tignanello vineyard.
The sunniest part of the Tignanello’s hillside is home to the Solaia vineyard. The very best grapes from the very best vineyard. All the rest is passion, the utmost care and research. These are the secrets of Solaia together with the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese grapes from its namesake vineyard.
About The Brand
Tignanello winery is renowned for producing exceptional wines in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Located in the Chianti Classico region, Tignanello has established itself as a pioneer in the world of Super Tuscan wines. The winery’s history dates back to the mid-19th century when the Antinori family, one of Italy’s oldest and most esteemed winemaking families, acquired the estate.
Tignanello gained significant recognition in the 1970s when the Antinori family introduced their revolutionary blend, Tignanello, which defied traditional winemaking regulations. The wine showcased a combination of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grapes, straying from the traditional Chianti formula. This bold move brought attention to the potential of blending international grape varieties with indigenous Italian grapes, ultimately revolutionizing Italian winemaking.
Today, Tignanello continues to produce exceptional wines that reflect the Antinori family’s commitment to quality and innovation. Their vineyards span across the beautiful Tuscan landscape, benefiting from a variety of terroirs and microclimates. Tignanello’s winemaking philosophy emphasizes sustainable practices, respecting the environment and preserving the unique characteristics of their vineyards.
The wines of Tignanello embody elegance, complexity, and a distinct sense of place. With Tignanello as its flagship wine, the winery has expanded its portfolio to include other outstanding labels, such as Solaia and Guado al Tasso. These wines have garnered international acclaim, solidifying Tignanello’s position as a symbol of excellence in Tuscan winemaking.