Antinori   Solaia

2001 Solaia

By Antinori

2001 Solaia by Antinori, Tuscany, Italy

The 2001 Solaia from Antinori is a testimony to the enduring grandeur of classic Tuscan winemaking, and a vintage that holds a distinctive place in the heart of fine wine investors. Since its creation in 1978, Solaia - the 'sunny one' - has illuminated the global stage, and this provocative rendition from 2001 only further exemplifies its gleaming stature.


Defining the 2001 Vintage

Towards the end of the millennium, Tuscan viticulture was blessed with nature's benevolence - climatic stability, adequate rainfall, warm summer conditions - elements contributing to what is remembered as an excellent vintage year amongst the Italian wines, capped off with an ideal harvest. This serendipitous climate has ordained the 2001 Solaia from Antinori with a depth and longevity that stir envy.

The wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, aided by a modest touch of Cabernet Franc. It luxuriates in new French oak for an immersing period of 18 months before bidding the barrel adieu. The resounding result? A leviathan of taste and texture.


A Gateway to Terra Tuscan

As you glide through this gateway into the terrain of Tuscany, you are swathed by a melange of ripe blackberry essence and spiced plum marmalade – cogent hospitality extended by Sangiovese's tradition-loving charisma. Amidst this tapestry of fruits it's Cabernet Sauvignon that asserts spine – providing layers of cacao-laden tannins weaving rigidly yet graciously through aromatic whispers of Mediterranean herbs.

With time, an undercurrent of inky blackcurrant and fragrant tobacco emerges, culminating in a muscular, full-bodied architecture that redeems the faith placed by investors in fine wines from Italy.


Decoding Antinori

Through the 2001 Solaia, Antinori succeeds in expressing not just the vigour of the vines or the generosity of the vintage, but also Tuscan tenacity and tradition. The wine is an eloquent ambassador for the region, drawing the world into its sun-kissed embrace with enticing richness of flavour conferred by the 2001 vintage.

This illustrious blend reiterates why '2001 Solaia' will always be a desirable refrain amongst wine enthusiasts and for those seeking out entrenched value in the world of wine investment. Undoubtedly, each sip pays homage to Antinori’s enduring pursuit of making one of Italy's most iconic wines.

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The 2001 Solaia, far superior to the overrated 1997 (to which I also prefer the 1999 and 1994) is a classic example of central Tuscan Cabernet at its best, ruby-purple in color, warm and explosive in its expression of black currant fruit, tobacco, tar, and graphite, superbly concentrated and dense on the palate but balanced and shapely at the same time and with a noble austerity and grip on the finish which resembles the best of Bordeaux. The wine is a sure bet for another two decades of superb drinking. Importer: Remy Amerique, New York, NY; tel. (212) 424-2202

Daniel Thomases - The Wine Advocate, 23 April 2006

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