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Antinori Solaia 2017 (750ML)

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97 DE / 97 JS / 96 DE / 95+ VM / 95 WA / 95 WS / 17.5 JR

Super-restrained cassis fruit with an almost blueberry maturity in front of violet, clove and blond tobacco spiciness. Retasting the wine the next day, it shines with graphite minerality, pure leather, and a touch of lemon thyme. Creamy and full on the palate, it has refined and meaty tannins, with lively acidity and great balance overall. You would not think this wine was aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months because of the great fruit concentration on display, but the top quality of the oak used is evident. The potential of Solaia is to be seen over the years, to discover its character as it matures. It's never cutesy, always elegant. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040 AF - Decanter.com

Extremely aromatic with sage, lavender, blackberries and currants. Full-bodied with chewy and very polished tannins that melt into the wine. Foursquare and slightly austere. Fresh and well framed. A wine that needs five to six years to soften and come together completely. Try after 2025. - James Suckling

This is silky with a dark fruit feel and savoury rippling tannins that sculpt and lift the cassis fruit. As it opens, a sandalwood spice and rosemary aromatic speaks of Italy and gives an expansive twist to the black fruits. Despite a hot season, with just 300mm of rain for the growing season, this is concentrated but full of juice. - Jane Anson, Decanter

Just bottled, the 2017 Solaia is naturally going to need time to come together. Even in the early going, though, it shows all the richness and opulence that is typical of the year, with terrific aromatic expansiveness and tons of persistence. I can't wait to taste it with a bit more time in bottle. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

The Marchesi Antinori 2017 Solaia offers a uniquely floral personality with wild rose and lilac that comes as a surprise, especially if you are expecting the more robust and opulent dark fruit associated with this vintage. To use a word that is popular now, the aromas are absolutely lifted. This is a bouquet-driven wine, showing great oak choices that are synergistic with the light and considerably thinner palate. Dried or pressed flowers cede to cherry, blueberry, some red meat char and a light touch of cinnamon. My impression is that the dry extract from the oak ultimately plays a bigger role in the overall flavor profile, preserving its red fruit core nevertheless. The wine is very accessible in terms of mouthfeel, showing a comparatively thinner and shorter approach. With more time in the glass, it offers some of the white soil dust that is a standard Solaia signature. It will be released the first week of September. - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

Expressive, featuring a bright burst of cherry, black currant, iron and oak spice aromas and flavors. Fresh and fluid, with well-mannered tannins and impeccable balance. A big wine, with an elegant feel. Pulls all the elements together nicely for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2042. 500 cases imported. BS, Wine Spectator

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 8% Cabernet Franc. A cold April that reduced yields, followed by a hot, dry summer with temperatures regularly over 30 °C throughout August. September rains a reprieve to help stressed vines finish ripening the grapes.
Deep ruby. Glossy, ripe, sweet with black-fruit sweetness on the nose. Softness and ripeness are the two dominant factors here. Oily richness on the palate, a big juicy glob of fruit in the middle. Good acidity keeps things in check. Full-bodied and muscular, but held together nicely. Long and spicy on the finish. (TP)
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