"I 1971 fremstillede Antinori for første gang "supertoscaneren" Tignanello, overvejende af Sangiovese med et tilskud af Cabernet Sauvignon. I 1978 fulgte Solaia, "den solbeskinnede", der kommer fra en helt special 20 ha. stor parcel på Tenuta Tignanello. Her er det Cabernet Sauvignon, der er hoveddruen, og vinen måtte i lighed med Tignanello nøjes med betegnelsen IGT, på trods af at den rangerer blandt Italiens- og verdens bedste vine, og anses for at være en af de mest indflydelsesrige vine i vindyrkningens historie Italien. Siden begyndelsen af 80'rne har druesammensætningen typisk været 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese og 5% Cabernet Franc. De enkelte druesorter høstes og gæres separat. Den efterfølgende lagring sker udelukkende på helt nye barriques, og varer typisk i 14 måneder. Solaia kombinerer sin intense frugt og varme, med en vidunderlig kompleksitet og mineralitet. Der er lag på lag af modne røde frugter og krydderier, og et dybt blomsterpræg føjer yderligere kompleksitet til vinen. Smagen er uovertruffen, fyldig, rund og let sødmefuld med flotte afrundede tanniner. Smagen er rig, blød og spændstig og munder ud i en flot og vedvarende eftersmag. Server Solaia til de fineste udskæringer af kalv, okse og lam."
"A year characterized initially by a mild and pleasant autumn with normal temperatures and little rainfall. Winter was cold and with adequate rains for the period. Spring began with rather cool and dry weather, to the point that the normal phases of the growing season, first the bud burst and, more importantly, flowering took place slightly later than, on average, recent vintages. Ample precipitation, instead, fell in April and May, fundamental in assisting the vineyard in sustaining the lengthy dry spell which, beginning in June and lasting all the way through the month of August, conditioned the growth and development of the vines, both in terms of the canopy and of the size and weight of the bunches and berries. The long-awaited rains of late August were essential in balancing plant growth, allowing all the different varieties to continue the ripening of their grapes. The months of September and October, both mild in their temperatures and rather rainy, allowed the crop to fully ripen both in terms of sugar and aroma and in tannins and structure as well. The harvest was concentrated in the period between September 25th and October 10th and required careful and precise selection both of the bunches during picking and of the berries during the selection process on the sorting tables in the cellar."
"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." Wine Enthusiast 97p
"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." Robert Parker 95p
"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." Antonio Galloni 94p