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1999 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 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.

Ruby red in color. 13% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, eucalyptus and wet leaves. Light to medium body with medium acidity. The wine picked up a bit of weight with time in the glass. Soft and supple with pretty fruits and resolved tannins. Currants, tobacco, licorice and earth on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Beautiful showing for Solengo at 25 years of age. Best over the next 1-2 years.

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.

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  1. Tom , I greatly enjoyed a bottle of the ‘96 Brunello Riserva a few months ago. Best Brunello I’ve ever had! Thanks!

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