1997 Solaia

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese

Youthful after all these years. A subtly sweet, elegant nose. Beautifully soft tannins greet the palate, escorted by lovely acid that makes that mouth water; these two components create a structural balance responsible for this wine’s luxurious texture. Furthering the harmonious mouthful are the wonderful flavors that straddle the old and new world, pulling earthy notes of terroir together with bolder, more forward notes of dark chocolate and dark red/black fruit. I credit Antinori for putting what I am trying to say most appropriately, the 1997 Solaia “displays unmistakable varietal flavor while retaining strong regional character.” And it certainly does so in style. This wine is an athletic, nimble heavyweight.