2012 Argiano Solengo IGT

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"A dense, monolithic red, saturated with black cherry, blackberry, cedar, leather and tobacco flavors. Well-integrated, presenting a tightly knit texture, this ends in a cascade of fruit, spice and earth notes. Complete but needs time. Best from 2018 through 2027. 1,250 cases made. -BS" (WS)

"The 2012 Solengo is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot. This vintage is more subdued compared to the exuberant 2011 edition of the famous Tuscan blend. The Syrah and Merlot elements appear very defined in this wine and they contribute to the general softness and richness of its texture. On the nose, Solengo shows dark fruit, spice, tobacco, leather and cigar box. The overall effect is very pretty indeed and the wine should evolve slowly over the next ten years. " (WA)

"Argiano's Solengo is laced with dark red and black-fleshed fruits, sweet oak, spices, sweet tobacco, mint and licorice. In this vintage, Solengo is even riper and more fruit-driven than it usually is, which, among other things, means that the personality of the Bordeaux varieties has been baked out, which is a shame. All things considered, the 2012 Solengo is quite pretty, but it doesn't hit the high notes of the very finest vintages." (VM)

"A red with berries, currants and dried earth aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh and dusty-textured finish. Lots of cedar, tobacco and coffee bean undertones to this. Give it two or three years to soften. A favorite Super Tuscan red from Montalcino." (JS)

"This full-bodied blend of 50% Cabernet, 20% Petit Verdot, 20% Syrah and 15% Merlot delivers aromas and flavors of black currant, tobacco, licorice, clove and dried mint. Tightly wound, dusty tannins offer support and need time to unwind. Drink 2017–2022." (WE)

Winery Notes:
In addition to Brunello, Solengo is the expression of Argiano’s viticulture. Due to Argiano’s particular microclimate, it is possible to plant grape varietals that are not traditionally found in Montalcino, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. An adequate ageing time in the bottle will result in a noteworthy evolution of the wine, revealing the great potential of this Tuscan wine. Solengo is the brainchild of renowned oenologist Giacomo Tachis, the “father of Super Tuscans”. Tachis is the name behind Solaia, Sassiccaia and Tignanello.