2008 solaia, toscana
Why We're Buying
It’s almost impossible to over-hype Antinori “Solaia” Toscana. Fruit, espresso, licorice, and spice combine to form a deeply beautiful and transcendent red wine. Solaia is the rare wine worthy of the word “perfect,” evidence being multiple 100-point ratings.
Definitely on a top 10 list of Italian icons, Solaia affirms the massive potential of Italian winemaking, from vineyard to cantina to cellar and beyond. Superrich and polished, but never over the top, this gorgeous super Tuscan shows deep layers of chocolate, black cherry, rum cake and spice. The secret lies in its balance: Everything is in place, from intensity and complexity to persistency.
Lush, ripe and polished to a gleam, this red exhibits black cherry, plum and sweet spice flavors on a powerful frame. Balanced, with a chewy, spice- and violet-filled finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Solaia is richer and darker than the Tignanello, but it isn’t an appreciably more complex or complete wine. It shows gorgeous depth and textural richness to match an expressive core of blackberry jam, smoke, scorched earth, crushed rocks and cassis. This is a beautiful wine, but not as great as I had hoped. The 2008 Solaia is 75 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 Sangiovese and 5 Cabernet Franc, aged in 100 new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.