Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Sangiovese Chianti Classico Italy
Solaia is a southwest facing vineyard of approximately ten hectares at 350 to 400 metres above sea level, planted to rocky limestone soils at the illustrious Tignanello property. Inaugurally released from the 1978 vintage, Solaia is only ever made in the most excellent years, always an unforgettable encounter of stylishness and peerless elegance.
Grapes are all hand picked and vinified on skins as separate varietals, treated to a course of pumpovers and délestage throughout the ferments. Upon completion, components are rested for a term of extended macerations, three weeks for Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, a fortnight for Sangiovese. Batches are devatted and transferred to a selection of completely new French oak barriques for spontaneous malolactic. Components are assembled and matured for eighteen months, periodically racked, barrique by barrique, followed by a further year's bottle ageing before release.
Intense ruby red colour. Aromas of ripe berry spice, black pepper, chocolates, coffee and vanilla. Generous, vibrant and balanced palate, supported by a length of sweet, mouthfilling tannins, forward mineral notes, its charming nature and weight of fruit is superbly enhanced by the complexity and finesse.