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 Solengo, 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, Merlot and Syrah.
This bottle was decanted for an hour prior to serving and paired brilliantly with steaks and tortellini.
Crimson in color. 13.5% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, mint, leather and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Exceptional balance and structure. Sour cherries, anise, tobacco and earth on the palate. Nice length in the finish with soft tannins. Drinking beautifully and probably at or near its peak. I’ll wait on my last bottle for another year or so.
My rating: 93 points.
I brought several bottles of the ’99 vintage 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 $80 and are well worth the hunt.