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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. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. (Antonio Galloni)
Plums and chocolate plus hints of rose petals on the nose. Full-bodied and very ripe — almost raisiny. Spicy and intense with so much fruit and energy. Bigger style. Drink or hold.
The 2009 Antinori Solaia is similar to the 2007 in its volume and richness, but it is less extroverted. This is another gorgeous Solaia that will drink well pretty much during its entire life. The warm year yielded a racy Solaia with no hard edges and fabulous overall balance. Drink: 2019 - 2039
-Antonio Galloni, Dec 2013
Quality 929 | Brand 980 | Economics 774 |
Quality: Predicted life of 16 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2009 vintage, which averages 10 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 30 of the world's top wine lists, including CÉ LA VI Economics: Above its peer group average price of £67 for the 2009 vintage Production:
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017
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