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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...
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. Its grace and delicacy mean that it can be drunk while young, but 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.
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. When the wine achieves its full potential, the final blend is created and bottled.
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This is elegant, with well-integrated structure framing black currant, black cherry, violet, leather and tobacco flavors. Stays long and resonant on the finish, where a touch of oak spice shines through. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot.See detailed press review
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A linear and tangy red with cherry, currant, berry and stone. Medium body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Complex and subtle. Needs time to soften. Solid. Better in 2020.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Argiano has produced an impressive wine in a challenging vintage. The 2014 Solengo is a celebrated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot. The wine pours from the bottle with beautiful, dark intensity. The aromas rev up with slow and careful momentum to exhibit more dark fruit, dried cherry, spice, tobacco, grilled herb and freshly ground coffee. Solengo shows dark concentration, full body and expertly managed tannins.See detailed press review