Bottle Notes

2001 Argiano Solengo – Bottle Notes

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.

Solengo, which is Tuscan for “lone wild boar”, is the product of the combination between Tuscan soil and French grape-varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah.

This bottle was decanted for an hour.

Blood red in color. 13.5% ABV. Glorious nose of red fruits, wet asphalt and rose petals. Light to medium body with acidity in spades. Elegant, graceful and perfectly aged. Dried cherries, currants, plums and earthy mushrooms on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with mouth drying tannins. An exquisite wine that is aging beautifully. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

I brought several bottles ’99 vintage of this wine back from Italy after visiting the Cinque Terra in 2001 and the label 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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