Bottle Notes, Red Blend

2000 Argiano Solengo – Bottle Notes

The 2000 Argiano Solengo was the winning bottle in the July Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. This bottle was opened and poured immediately.

Argiano dates back to the 16th century. The nearly 120 acres of vineyards are planted to Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. The wines, both Brunello di Montalcino and super Tuscans, have routinely received outstanding scores. In 1992 Argiano was acquired by the Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano.

Blood red in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 14% ABV. Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a small amount of Petit Verdot. Sublime nose of red fruits, tar, anise and leather. Medium body with fantastic structure and perfect acidity. Dried cherries, currants, plums and graphite on the palate. The finish is long with resolved tannins. Gorgeous wine that belies the 16 years of bottle age. Well stored bottles will drink well for 2-3 more years. I’ll keep a final bottle to enjoy in 2020. Salud!

My rating: 94 points.

I brought several bottles ’99 vintage of this wine back from Italy after visiting the Cinque Terra in 2001 and it will always have a special place in my cellar. Current vintages can be found for around $75 and are well worth the hunt.

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