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, Merlot and Syrah.
This bottle was decanted for an hour prior to serving.
Ruby red in color. 14% ABV. Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah with just a touch of Petit Verdot. Stunning nose of red fruits, saddle leather, tobacco and anise. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity. Plush and concentrated. Exceptional balance. Dried cherries, cassis, currants and coffee on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Just a gorgeous Super Tuscan that is a sheer pleasure to drink at 20 years of age. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 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.