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97-Points For Antinori’s Big Three - Solaia, Guado Al Tasso, Tignanello - 03/29/2017 - Italy

Antinori stands among Italy’s most respected estates with a range of wines that manages to impress at every level, although it is perhaps their top tier wines for which they are best known. Solaia, Guado Al Tasso, and Tignanello represent the very pinnacle of modern Italian winemaking. Each was awarded 97-Points (among their best ever) and unanimously laudatory reviews from the press. A long growing season allowed the grapes to achieve an optimal level of ripeness and phenolic development, resulting in efforts of tremendous depth. For collectors of Antinori’s top tier, these shouldn’t be missed as singular expressions of this caliber represent an exceptionally rare opportunity. Our now in-stock quantities are limited and what we have are sure to sell-out quickly, so don’t delay in adding these treasures to your collection.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana 97 $84.99 View
2013 Antinori "Guado al Tasso" Bolgheri Superiore 97 $94.99 View
2012 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana 97 $199.99 View

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2013 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana ($84.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is amazing on the nose with blackberry, black truffle, dried cherry and hints of tobacco. So complex on the nose. Almost no need to taste it. Full body, soft and velvety tannins, and a persistent, fabulous finish. The mouthfeel is magic." (03/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Tignanello represents the beginning of a new chapter for Italy's ultimate game-changer wine. The blend remains 80% Sangiovese with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc but Renzo Cotarella tells me "stylistically-speaking, this is what we wanted to achieve." The winemaking formula remains the same, but one of the major differences and benefits to this wine is vineyard age. The celebrated Tignanello single vineyard is now reaching 15 years old. In other words, it is in its production prime. This is a harmonious and beautifully integrated wine that reveals black fruit and baking spice. I'm told the 2014 Tignanello will have a greater percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2015 vintage will have more Sangiovese. (ML)" (12/2016)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Tignanello is a real knock-out. Rich and intense, but also linear in style, the 2013 is endowed with superb energy from start to finish. In this vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc character is especially evident, especially in the aromatics. Today, the 2013 is tightly wound and not ready to show all of its cards. Readers will have to be patient with the 2013, but the wine has plenty to say. Above all else, this is a remarkable level of quality for a wine with Bordeaux First Growth production (but not price) often in excess of 25,000 cases. (AG) 95+" (10/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vibrant and loaded with finesse, this blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc opens with enticing scents of red woodland berry, new leather, Asian spice and a touch of menthol. The youthful palate delivers red currant, wild cherry, star anise and clove alongside a backbone of firm acidity and polished, tightly wound tannins. It will age majestically; drink 20202033. *Best of 2017, Cellar Selection* (KO)" (03/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of graphite, smoke and tobacco introduce the cherry flavor in this expressive, focused red. Firm tannins and lively acidity balance the fruit and purity, while herbal, spice and mineral elements all gather steam as this plays out on the long finish. *#8 on Top 100 of 2016* (BS)" (09/2016)

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2013 Antinori "Guado al Tasso" Bolgheri Superiore ($94.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is a very sleek and racy wine with lots of stone, white pepper and fresh rosemary character. Then takes off with dried ripe fruits such as currants and blueberries. Dark chocolate too. This a real mouthful yet remains agile and powerful. Linear and long finish. Great precision. Best ever from Guado al Tasso?" (07/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a fantastic wine. The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Guado Al Tasso reveals soaring aromas of dark fruit, plum, blackberry, savory spice, tobacco and leather. The results are seamless, harmonious and generous in intensity. This is the quintessential red blend from Coastal Tuscany (made with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) and the 2013 vintage is particularly rooted in a profound sense of place. I am reminded of the macchia mediterranea, or Mediterranean shrub, that grows so wild and free in this relatively untouched part of Tuscany. This is an excellent wine that shows its winemaking pedigree, but make no mistake: It is a proud Tuscan at heart. Some 140,000 bottles are produced (which is pretty amazing considering the quality). (ML)" (10/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Antinori's 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is ripe, voluptuous and racy, with striking aromatics that sit on top of a core of voluptuous, racy fruit. A classic Bolgheri wine, Guado al Tasso offers plenty of rich, sumptuous fruit and textural resonance. A good dose of new French oak (from a move towards Taransaud and François Frères barrels) adds raciness and toasty notes, but those characteristics marry nicely with the expression of fruit that is so typical of the Tuscan coast. Rose petal, lavender and new leather add striking aromatic lift as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2013 is a terrific Guado al Tasso. (AG)" (11/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A bit reticent, with black cherry, black currant and herb flavors married to a supple texture and fine-grained tannins. The long finish shows promise, but this will need a few years to flesh out. (BS)" (09/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a drop of Petit Verdot, this polished linear red has aromas of black-skinned fruit, bell pepper, coconut and toasted oak. The vibrant, elegantly structured palate offers black currant, chopped herb, clove and licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. (KO)" (03/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Notes of toasted nuts, licorice and dark chocolate enrich this wines flavors of blackberry and cassis, giving a lush impression thats tightened by firm tannins. The fruit feels soft and ripe, on the edge of stewed, with a warm and spicy finish that calls for pairing with braised beef." (04/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2017

This was definitely one of my personal stand-outs during our trip to Italy in 2015, when we had the opportunity to taste a good number of Antinori's current releases. It's certainly one of the best Guado al Tassos to date and it took us by surprise. The tannins and acidity are buried under a very polished palate of concentrated, mouth-filling black fruit with accents of milk chocolate and earth. There's so much going on here and enticing as it is to open it now, it will only improve with time in the cellar.

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2012 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana ($199.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Extremely perfumed with violet, currant and berry character. Hints of sandalwood. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a vivid and fresh finish. Mineral and stone undertones. Really excellent. Drink or hold." (05/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This stunning expression of Solaia opens with ample aromas of exotic spices, tilled soil, mature black-skinned fruit and an underlying whiff of fragrant blue flowers. The vibrant, elegantly structured palate doles out high-toned black cherry, ripe blackberry, white pepper, cinnamon, clove and Mediterranean herbs alongside a backbone of firm, polished tannins and bright acidity. Drink 20172032. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (08/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Solaia is the ultimate comfort wine: It serves as a beautiful monument to the potential of Italian wine. Let me give you some context. My lukewarm review of the 2011 vintage caused some heads to turn. Happily, the previous vintage has served as a springboard for this current release. Both 2011 and 2012 come from hot climatic conditions, but these wines are very different in style and content. The 2011 heat softened the lines that make up the varietal identity of this celebrated Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Those lines are presented in sharp focus with the 2012 edition. The nose is redolent of dark berry, crushed mineral, plum, spice and touch of white pepper. The wine is integrated and seamless, but it speaks with a strong and articulate voice. (ML)" (10/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Another intense, tightly-wound wine, the 2012 Solaia is likely to require a number of years in bottle before it is ready to drink. Graphite, smoke, plums, black cherries, rose petal and mint meld together effortlessly in the glass. Here, too, the style is all about grace and finesse. The 2012 Solaia is going require patience, but all the elements are in the right place. In 2012, the Cabernet Franc is nearly 7% of the blend, which is on the high side. (AG)" (09/2015)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "To achieve the purity of fruit exhibited in this wine required careful fruit selection in the warm 2012 vintage. Lush flavors of black plum and cherry swirl around tannins so suave that they feel like theyve been individually buffed. The wine unfolds in layers of tobacco, graphite and chocolate, brightened by accents of mint and spice. The flavors gain energy as they race across the palate, maintaining a harmonious balance on the persistent finish. This will get even better with time in the cellar, but its lush, vibrant flavors are hard to resist today." (04/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe plum and black cherry notes are augmented by toast, spice and tobacco details in this muscular red. Turns more compact on the finish, where dense, dusty tannins reign. Just needs time to integrate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. (BS)" (06/2016)