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Marchesi Antinori,Solaia

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Region: Tuscany
Vintage: 2003
Grape Varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Sangiovese 20% Cabernet Franc 5% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: Out of stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Black pepper, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, plums and bottled fruit aromas follow each other continually in Solaia 2003. The wine is strikingly elegant with nicely blended tannins supporting the sensation of sweetness and weight. The tasting does not reveal harshness, and the balance shows distinctive sweetness from the riper grapes. Hints of liquorice and coffee return in the impressively long finish.
2003 will be remembered as one of the hottest years in recent decades.In late March the winery's weather station recorded maximum temperatures of over 20°C, climbing to over 30°C in early May and close to 40°C in August. A record total of 2400° in daytime was recorded by heat summation, (which expresses the energy received by the vineyard during its vegetative-productive phase) compared to an average of 2000°.
From early June until the harvest there were only four significant rainfalls, roughly one per month, which allowed the grapes to ripen well despite limited water.

The Domaine
Solaia, which means the 'sunny one' in Italian, is a 10 hectares (25 acres) southwest-facing vineyard planted 351-396 metres (1,150-1,300 feet) above sea-level on stony calcareous soil of marl and friable albarese rock. It is located at Tignanello estate, contiguous to the homonymous vineyard, which is on the same property, in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone of Chianti Classico. Antinori first produced a single-vineyard wine from these vines with the 1978 vintage (which was a limited release only in Italy); the initial blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, which was repeated in 1979. During following vintages, 20% Sangiovese was introduced and small adjustments were made (according to vintage) to the proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc used, to arrive at today's blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese. Solaia was not produced in the 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1992 vintages.

FALSTAFF MAGAZINE "Chianti Classico e Super Tuscans" Score: 94/100
ESPRESSO I VINI D'ITALIA Award "Premio d'Eccellenza"

Food Pairing
Roast or grilled beef and lamb, game, hard cheeses. Roasted lamb with spiced red cabbage, green olive, lemon, and garlic-roasted leg of lamb with potatoes and pan gravy, beef medallions in red wine sauce, spiced venison steaks with red-cabbage confit and red-wine sauce.

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