SOLAIA is a must for serious collectors.
From the warm 2011 vintage, this is an intense, HEDONISTIC wine that will offer some sexy drinking early on but age beautifully. We have an excellent price --- I highly recommend grabbing a 3-pack or 6-pack while we have it. Or better yet....a MAGNUM will cellar wonderfully, don't you think? Wait a second....this just in.....there's even a few 3-liters, and 1 gorgeous 6-liter!! Wow!!
2011 SOLAIA (Antinori) $219!! AG96, JS96
6-pack -- $1314 (wood cases on request)
Magnum: $479 3-liter: $1095 6-liter: $2195
There is a LOT of outstanding press on this wine --- read on!!
96 points Antonio Galloni: "Blackberry jam, cassis, grilled herbs and melted road tar meld together in the 2011 Solaia. Another super-exotic, racy 2011 from Antinori, Solaia is supremely beautiful. Mocha, espresso and sage are some of the many notes that add complexity. Hints of white truffle, lavender, smoke and licorice are laced into the exotic, racy finish. In 2011, Solaia has a dollop more of Cabernet Franc in the blend, added to give the wine a touch of freshness. Ripe and flashy to the core, the 2011 needs time to lose some of its youthful exuberance. At times, the 2011 could be easily mistaken for a wine from Napa Valley, such is its intensity."
96 points James Suckling: "A big, rich wine but there's lots of brightness and beauty at the same time. Shows licorice and asphalt. Full body with chewy tannins and a long finish. Terracotta, Tuscan dust and spice; balsamic too. This needs three to five years to soften. Intense finish."
Winery Tasting Notes: An intense ruby red in color, at times impenetrably so, the 2011 Solaia shows intensely warm aromas which reflect the climate of the season while maintaining a delicate freshness as well. On the palate, the ripe red fruit and the spices, along with deep and floral notes, define the wine’s complex structure. The palate is succulent, rich, enveloping, and sweet thanks to the presence of dense, supple, and rounded tannins. The vibrant acidity contributes to the excellent expressiveness of the flavors and to a highly pleasurable, long, and persistent finish and aftertaste.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED...extremely limited! Arrives Winter.