2005 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
93 pts. Wine Enthusiast: April, 2008
This vintage of Solengo is slightly more floral and delicate when compared to the more robust and generous 2004 vintage. The wine is deep and penetrating with lingering aromas of forest berry and rose petal and exhibits remarkable harmony. It’s still tight in the mouth with fine texture and length — unique and distinctive, with gorgeous feminine and floral intensity. Drink after 2010.
92 pts. Wine Spectator: October 15, 2008
Very ripe berry, coffee and meat aromas follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Tight and structured. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best after 2011.
92 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: June, 2008
Argiano, based in Montalicino, has produced a superb Solengo in 2005. This French oak-aged blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Syrah presents a lovely core of inner sweetness, with tons of complexity and distinctiveness. There is terrific energy and focus in its sweet dark fruit, smoke, licorice, and wild herbs, with well-integrated tannins and notable balance. This medium-bodied effort needs another year or two to come together, but it is already delicious. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2020.
Kevin McPartland: September 24, 2010
A big robust blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah from Tuscany. On the nose and palate, the aromas and flavors of berries and flowers are sweeter than your typical hearty Italian red, but there are still some of the earthy, spicy characteristics that make it truly Tuscan. The tannins are pronounced but really smooth and in balance with everything else. This one is a drinker now and will be for another decade.