In addition to Brunello, Solengo is the expression of Argiano’s viticulture. Due to Argiano’s particular microclimate, it is possible to plant grape varietals that are not traditionally found in Montalcino, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Solengo is the brainchild of renowned oenologist Giacomo Tachis, the “father of Super Tuscans”. Tachis is the name behind Solaia, Sassiccaia and Tignanello.
Owner: Andre Esteves
Winemaker: Alberto Antonini
Type: Red wine
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Vineyard Location: Montalcino
Orientation: South, South west
Elevation: 300 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1985- 2005
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Soil: Clay, schist, calcareous and limestone
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), take place in new French oak barriques with a capacity of 225 litres.
As for the second fermentation, also the ageing take place in new French oak barriques with a capacity of 225 litres for 18 months. 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. 1 year in the bottle before the release.
Color: Deep, dark purple color
Bouquet: Bouquet of ripe fruit, such as blackcurrants and blackberries, with a hint of toasted oak
Flavor: 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.
Pairings: Ideal with all red meats, grilled foods and medium-high seasoned cheese
Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 57-61°F
Production: 29,000 bottles