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Argiano is a beautiful estate in the southern western portion of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. The estate has a long history of excellence in the region and is reaching new heights under new ownership. The 120 ha property follows the traditional Tuscan model of mixed land use featuring vineyards, olive groves and woodlands. A majestic Renaissance villa is also housed on the property making this one of the loveliest visits in the region. Argiano produces brilliant examples of Brunello and...
Solengo is a modern, well-balanced and full-bodied wine. It is deep, dark purple in colour with a bouquet of ripe fruit, such as blackcurrants and blackberries, with a hint of toasted oak. It is smooth on the palate, with a great concentration of excellent fruit, nicely balanced with delicate, soft tannins. The structure and complexity in the mouth are outstanding, tempered by excellent tannic extracts. This high-profile blend has evident Mediterranean characteristics and a sunny nature. Its grace and delicacy mean that it can be drunk while young, yet it also has a remarkable ageing capacity.
The Argiano vineyards benefit from a favourable microclimate and an enviable position that contributes to the development of the vines. The extended vegetative cycle and ripening period are due to the altitude of the plateau, 300 m above sea level, which determines cool nights in the summer months. The usually moderate rainfall in Montalcino favours better, healthier ripening of the grapes, conveying greater concentration and aromas to the wine. This, together with the hot and constant winds that blow from the Maremma, cooling the bunches of grapes during the hottest summer days, allows slower ripening of the grapes, determining favourable general conditions. Lastly, Argiano is close to Mount Amiata, one of Tuscany’s highest peaks, which protects the entire area from bad weather. The combination of all these factors enables Argiano to make high profile wines and constantly good vintages, year after year.
The grapes are harvested between the end of September and the beginning of October. The first grapes to be harvested are always Syrah and Merlot, while Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot take a little longer to fully express their personality. The varietals are fermented separately in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12-16 days. The second fermentation takes place in new French oak barriques with a capacity of 225 litres. When the wine achieves its full potential, the final blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah is created, and the wine is bottled. It is not filtered and may, consequently, present that harmless sediment that is the mark of a high quality natural wine.
- 94 Points -
I have been a fan of Solengo since the mid-1990s. The 2013 vintage shows great generosity in its ripe fruit, with currant and stone character, a firm undertone of tannins and a flavorful finish. Try in 2018 but already very attractive to taste.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Anthony Gismondi, March 2017
Villa Argiano was built in 1858 on a hilltop just southwest of Montalcino, but it is a modern producer by any standards today, as translated by this super Tuscan blend of 50/5/25/20 cabernet sauvignon, syrah, petit verdot and merlot. It is deep, dark and brooding like the old lonely wild boar it is named after. The 2013 offers power and elegance with ripe black and red fruits, minerals, savoury black pepper and toasted oak in a California-meets-Tuscany style. The tannins are firm and the finish long. Cellar through 2018 or serve now with steak.See detailed press review