1997 Antinori - Solaia 750ml

Italy - Tuscany/ Red / Proprietary Blend
1997 Antinori - Solaia
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International Wine Cellar | 96

Saturated, solid ruby-black. Powerful nose of blackcurrants, blackberries, sweet herbs, and vanilla; focused and penetrating. Rich and potent in flavor, with concentrated cassis fruit of impeccable ripeness. Complementary notes of chocolate and tar. Sumptuous and authoritative; iron and velvet in perfect symbiosis. Antinori CEO is Renzo Cotarella, a professional winemaker with a doctorate in chemistry-a telling indication of the firm's priorities. (Remy-Amerique, New York, NY)

Author: Daniel Thomases
Issue: Issue 91

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Subtle, savoury nose but not as intense as the 2007. Looks quite mature and a lovely fresh frisky wine. Good balance even if not concentrated. Slight dustiness. Vines 10 years younger, but 1997 was not as good a vintage as 2007 according to Piero Antinori. Very appetising and clarety.

Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 96

The unfiltered 1997 Solaia (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, and 5% Cabernet Franc, from a single 25-acre vineyard) is aged in 100% new French oak. There are 8,000 cases of the 1997. The sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored 1997 exhibits a complex nose of cedar, spice box, cassis, and subtle oak. With yields of only 30 hectoliters per hectare, and malolactic fermentation in barrel (a la Tignanello), this wine reveals extraordinary concentration, a thick, viscous texture, yet no sense of heaviness or ponderousness. It is a thrilling Solaia to consume over the next two decades. If a first-growth Pauillac were made in Tuscany, this would be it!

Drink Dates: 2000-2020


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Wine Spectator | 98

Dark ruby in color, with extremely ripe raisin and spice aromas. Full-bodied and very chewy, with loads of polished tannins and a long, long finish that's big and fruity. A solid, muscular red from Tuscany, this is the greatest Solaia ever made. 7,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004+
Author: James Suckling


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Drink Dates: 2005-2017
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Score: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/21/2012
Score: 89
Author: Butler wan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Disappointed in this wine from the blockbuster vintage. The nose was still closed, with some brett, smoke, limited amount of sweet fruit and a little apricot. There were still some chewy tannins. My last encounter with this wine was 8 years ago, and even back then it was relatively shut against a lineup of other 1997 Super Tuscans and required more than 3 hours to open up
Score: 93
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2009+
Tasted at the Acker BYOB. Dark fruits and spices. This is the youngest this wine should be drunk and my impression has definitely improved with this bottle.
Score: 80
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/24/2009
Rich and almost sweet cabernet fruit. Even with 20% sangiovese I wouldn't have guessed it. None of the dustiness I've come to expect. A bit too young still? Not sure. Certainly not a bad wine by any stretch, just a bit boring.....
Score: 94
Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/22/2009
still has years to go. initially closed , continually improving throughout the night . Balanced and structured. lots of complexity

About This Producer


Although the Antinori family has been making wine for over 600 years and is steeped in tradition, they haven't been afraid to modernize production and to take an innovative approach to blending. One result is the world famous Super Tuscan "Tignanello," a blend of Sangiovese (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), and Cabernet Franc (5%). Marchesi Piero Antinori is the current proprietor of the estate, and was instrumental in creating Tignanello, propelling the popularity of Super Tuscans worldwide.

Antinori produces wines from the Italian regions of Tuscany and Umbria. In addition to Tignanello, some of Antinori's most well-known wines include Solaia, Guado al Tasso, Campo di Sasso, Badia a Passignano, Pian delle Vigne, and Chianti Classico. Antinori's various estates include 1,400 hectares of vineyards planted in Bolgheri, Montalcino, Orvieto, Montepulciano, and Chianti Classico, as well as the emerging locales Sovana and southern Maremma.

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