(From 2004 Vintage) The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries, and exporting it for four. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion which shows no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards and an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become Tuscany’s - arguably Italy’s - pre-eminent wine producer, with an important presence in Piedmont, Lombardy, Umbria and Puglia as well as their Tuscan heartland. Solaia, which means the ‘sunny one’ in Italian, is the name of a ten hectare read more...southwest-facing vineyard within the Tignanello estate, planted 351-396 metres above sea-level on stony calcareous soil of marl and friable albarese rock. This is famous wine - the world over. The 2004 scores 96 points at Robert Parker's Wine Advocate with the comment: "The 2004 Solaia is breathtaking, as it so often is. Soaring aromatics lead to a sweet, layered expression of dark fruit. The wine possesses super clarity and precision with a gorgeous inner tension that carries all the way through to the long finish. The tannins remain incredibly finessed and silky. This is a more restrained, elegant style than the full-throttle 2001. 2004 is the first vintage in which the component wines were aged separately, rather than together, as had been the custom in previous vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." (hide)
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