2016 Argiano Super Tuscan Solengo
“Solengo is a modern, well-balanced and full-bodied wine. It is deep, dark purple in color 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. This high-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.”
“Very complex aromas of fresh flowers, blackberries and black licorice follow through to a full body, integrated tannins and a long and linear finish. Focused and racy. The tannins are so polished. Better in 2022, but already such a joy to try.” – James Suckling
“A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Petit Verdot (25%), Merlot (20%) and Sangiovese (5%), the 2016 Solengo is a terrific wine and I enjoyed my sample down to the very last drop that I coaxed from the bottle with happy enthusiasm. This is a full-bodied red (but not in an exaggerated manner) with plump and fruit-forward aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and sweet tobacco. The wine is balanced with excellent depth and mouthfeel momentum. I highly recommend this wine from both the 2015 and 2016 vintages, which are both terrific. Some 25,000 bottles were made.
“These are exciting times for Argiano now that a major overhaul of the main villa (a stunning example of Tuscan Renaissance architecture) is complete. The main building was refurbished and so was the winery, with improvements to both the fermentation and cellaring areas. Seven new oval cement fermenters have been added and these will be used to process the estate’s best batches of Sangiovese. The barrel room now benefits from new oak casks. Out in the vineyards, Argiano has finished an internal mapping project to outline the estate’s diverse micro zones. I look forward to tasting the results of these new investments and experimentations in the future Brunello releases.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate