Antinori   Solaia

2003 Solaia

By Antinori

A Golden Vintage: 2003 Solaia from Antinori

Italy awoke to an exceptionally warm summer in 2003, a climatic peculiarity that crucially marked the substantial character of the 2003 Solaia from Antinori. Amid the soaring Tuscan hills, Antinori's craftsmen artfully harnessed this unusual warmth, sculpting layers of dimension into their esteemed vintage.


The Making of a Memorable Vintage

The elevated temperatures of 2003 coaxed an early maturity from the grapes, leading to a concentrated and heady vintage. However, unique vineyard management techniques and meticulous harvesting by Antinori ensured the wine maintained its iconic balance and elegance.

This evocative year etched its distinctive signature onto the terroirs and imbued the fruit with an exceptional level of ripe, dark-fruit character. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc, the result was a Solaia that tickled the senses with intense yet beautifully integrated tastes, maturing into an investment-worthy treasure.


The 2003 Profile: Power and Grace

Unveiling an opulent bouquet of dried fruit and spices, the 2003 Solaia undulates between waves of blackberry, plum, cedar and tobacco on a balanced palate. The generous abundance of tannins is mellowed by heat-influenced opulence, wrapping the senses in organza-like silkiness.

The complex climate interplay during 2003 nurtured this Solaia's evolution into a finely structured canvas colour-washed with nuances of eucalyptus, mint and clove. It has indeed gracefully aged over time, its symphony of flavours harmonising into a lingering finish that reverberates long after the last sip has been savoured.


A Vintage Worth Investing

In the realm of fine wines from Italy, the 2003 Solaia by Antinori has established itself as an anthology of the vintage's narrative, making it a treasured piece amongst collectors and investors alike. Its captivating journey from a heat-drenched summer to a mellifluous blend encapsulates the testament of time and terroir – cementing its position as an iconic representation of Italian vineyard craftsmanship and one of the exceptional wines 2003 bore.

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The 2003 Solaia (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc) reveals the essence of blackberry jam, licorice, cassis, tar and minerals in a super-ripe, heady expression of the vintage. Richly sumptuous on the palate, this beautiful, expansive Solaia offers terrific length as well as stunning balance with plenty of style. It is sure to deliver much gratification over the next decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. Importer: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville, WA, tel. (425) 415-3738

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007

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