2016 Argiano Solengo

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 95+
James Suckling: 99
Red Wine

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DUE IN: SPRING 2020

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$64.95

"Concentrated flavors of black currant, violet and wild herbs converge on the muscular structure in this red. Powerful, yet somewhat restrained by the vivid acidity. Fine length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2035. 225 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Petit Verdot (25%), Merlot (20%) and Sangiovese (5%), the 2016 Solengo is a terrific wine and I enjoyed my sample down to the very last drop that I coaxed from the bottle with happy enthusiasm. This is a full-bodied red (but not in an exaggerated manner) with plump and fruit-forward aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and sweet tobacco. The wine is balanced with excellent depth and mouthfeel momentum. I highly recommend this wine from both the 2015 and 2016 vintages, which are both terrific. Some 25,000 bottles were made.

These are exciting times for Argiano now that a major overhaul of the main villa (a stunning example of Tuscan Renaissance architecture) is complete. The main building was refurbished and so was the winery, with improvements to both the fermentation and cellaring areas. Seven new oval cement fermenters have been added and these will be used to process the estate's best batches of Sangiovese. The barrel room now benefits from new oak casks. Out in the vineyards, Argiano has finished an internal mapping project to outline the estate's diverse micro zones. I look forward to tasting the results of these new investments and experimentations in the future Brunello releases." (WA)

"Very complex aromas of fresh flowers, blackberries and black licorice follow through to a full body, integrated tannins and a long and linear finish. Focused and racy. The tannins are so polished. Better in 2022, but already such a joy to try." (JS)

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.