Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: ***+ $$$$$ Argiano Solengo Rosso Toscano IGT, Montalcino, Italy, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: As a rough approximation, you can think of a "Super Tuscan" as a Bordeaux-style blend made from grapes grown in Italy.  Now, before you start throwing wine-review bricks my way, note I did say a "rough" approximation.  Often the Super Tuscans contain sangiovese, a wine never seen in Bordeaux varietals.  The most famous of these is probably Sassicaia.  Today we are trying another of the higher-end Super Tuscans, Argiano Solengo, one of the designated IGT blends.

Original tasting and review : This is Argiano Solengo Rosso Toscano IGT, Montalcino, Italy, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  It is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. 

In the glass: Deep mahogany, not quite opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows friendly, funky, soft nose of milk chocolate-infused black and red berry muddle.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick, luscious, round and robust.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact poignant and solidly bold with sweet tannins and some dark acids on the mid-palate.  The tannins and charcoal oak grip your palate immediately, holding as purple fruit slowly drips along your cheeks.  Thirty seconds later, some red raspberry oozes along into the finish too.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for its potential with air and/or age.  Still quite young, even at six years from vintage date. 

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