Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Montalcino Italy
Argiano is an ancient place, full of history, where wise men searched for the altar of the Roman god Janus. At the summit of a wonderful hill, southwest of Montalcino, the magnificent Villa of Argiano was built during the renaissance by the Peccis of Siena. Since 1500, the noble families of Tuscany produced wines from these superb vineyards for their own consumption and enjoyment. Solengo means lone wild boar, a muscular cepage of French varietals grown to rich Tuscan soils, profound for it's great finesse, refined balance and exceptional depth.
The cellars underneath the estate Villa remain the most precious jewel of Argiano. It's here, that since the sixteenth century, the wines can fine at constant temperature and humidity, in complete absence of light and noise. The maturation takes place in a selection of the finest coopered small and medium size casks to achieve a more subtle and balanced tannin extraction. The choice of oak is of fundamental importance and is in constant evolution. Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are hand harvested into small baskets. Varietals are separately handled, macerated for a fortnight or more, fermented and treated to malolactic before transfer to a selection of completely new French oak barriques for up to seventeen months maturation.
Deep black purple colour. Bouquet of ripe fruits, blackberry and currants infused with toasty oak. Soft on the palate with great concentration of lush fruit, nicely in balance over the fine, smooth tannins. Impressive structure and complexity tempered by exemplary tannic extracts. The muscular cepage of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah expresses discernible sunny Mediterranean characters. The grace and gentleness of it's structure fulfills the promise of immensely satisfying early drinking, while evolving complexity.