2005 Argiano Solengo (Previously $114)

SKU #1045140

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This vintage of Solengo is slightly more floral and delicate when compared to the more robust and generous 2004 vintage. The wine is deep and penetrating with lingering aromas of forest berry and rose petal and exhibits remarkable harmony. It's still tight in the mouth with fine texture and length - unique and distinctive, with gorgeous feminine and floral intensity. Drink after 2010." (04/08) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Argiano, based in Montalcino, has produced a superb Solengo in 2005. This French oak-aged blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Syrah presents a lovely core of inner sweetness, with tons of complexity and distinctiveness. There is terrific energy and focus in its sweet dark fruit, smoke, licorice, and wild herbs, with well-integrated tannins and notable balance. This medium-bodied effort needs another year or two to come together, but it is already delicious." (06/08) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe berry, coffee and meat aromas follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Tight and structured. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah." (10/08) this wine will arrive early summer 2009

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan