Argiano 2015 Solengo Rosso Toscana
97 points James Suckling - “Fantastic aromas of flowers such as violets and roses with dark purple fruits and hints of stones, too. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a long and linear finish. This is a return to the great Solengos of the mid-1990s. The best since 1997.” (8/2017)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - “Argiano has been doing terrific work lately with this historic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot. The 2015 Solengo is especially exuberant, concentrated and dark in this warm and sunny vintage. The previous vintage (2014) is perhaps more veiled and subtle, whereas this wine plays its cards in an immediate and upfront manner. It shows confidence and determination. This is a softly enriched red wine with black fruit, dried blackberry aromas, exotic spice, savory smoke and cured tobacco. (ML)” (2/2018)
94 points Wine Spectator - “This is rich, dense and almost impenetrable now, yet vibrant and imbued with blackberry and black currant fruit. Supple, firmly structured and balanced, this ends with black currant and tobacco notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2032. (BS)” (7/2018)
This outstanding red wine is a quite recent expression of Argiano’s viticultural potential in relation to red wines made with Sangiovese. ‘Solengo’, which is Tuscan for “lone wild boar”, is the product of the combination between Tuscan soil and French grape-varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. It is the fruit of the “creation” of the internationally acclaimed former oenologist GiacomoTachis, which now continues with the work of Argiano’s team.
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. Thishigh-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 vineyards of Argiano benefit from a favourable microclimate and an enviable position which contribute 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 generally 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, ripening later. The four different varieties are fermented separately in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12-16 days. The second fermentation, also known as malo-lactic fermentation (undergone by all red wines), and maturing in wood take 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, after which 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.