Argiano Solengo IGT 2002 CONFIRM 2002 VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Montalcino Italy
Solengo is an articulation of the unique soils and mesoclimes which nurture Argiano's splendid old vines. Due to a convergence of propitious growing conditions, the noble red grapes of France's Medoc and Cotes du Rhone, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah, can be grown to achieve extraordinary qualities in terms of concentration, ripeness and finesse. Argiano have long since taken their pick of vineyards, appropriating harvests of the finest quality from many of Tuscany's most eminent and ancient winegrowing families.
The moderate rainfall over the Solengo vineyards at Montalcino promotes a healthier ripening period, bringing more concentration and flavours to the wine. Grapes are all picked by hand with great care and collected into small baskets. Varietals are separately handled and vinified, Cabernet is macerated sixteen days on skins, fourteen days for the Merlot and twelve for Syrah. Upon completion of ferments and malolactic by the end of January, components are assembled and transferred to a selection of completely new French oak barriques for fourteen months maturation. Barrels, racked, settled and bottled, unfiltered and unfined, Solengo may possess the harmless sediment which is indicative of quality, natural wine.
Opaque ruby purple colour. The nose is captivating and intense, rich and dense, full of ripe fruits and sweet spicy aromas, coffee and fresh herb with hints of pepper. A medium bodied palate of remarkable structure expressing black currant and blackberry fruit characters infused by toasty French oak, all supported by a rich length of chewy, sweet tannins.
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