Argiano is located in the city of Montalcino in the Tuscany section of Italy.
The winery’s product line includes a Brunello di Montalcino, several red blends, a Rosso di Montalcino, a rosato wine, and grappa.
The 2006 Argiano Solengo was a red blend, utilizing 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petit Verdot, 15% Merlot, and 15% Syrah. The wine spent 15 to 17 months aging in new French oak barrels. The label listed ABV was 14.5%. Its classification was IGT.
Solengo is a Tuscan word meaning “lone wild boar” (trivia fact o’ the day). The name was also used by Brian Hunter for his hedge fund after he blew up the multi-billion dollar Amaranth hedge fund (bonus trivia fact o’ the day).
I first enjoyed this wine at a restaurant during the summer of 2011. I was pleased to find it at our local Wine Sellers and promptly procured several bottles.
The wine was decanted for one hour.
Pouring into the glass, the color was a dark, plum red.
Initial hints on the nose were red fruit, strawberry, and vanilla.
Tastes on the palate were wide and varied, but cohesive. Red fruit, cherry, tobacco, chocolate, spice, and leather were among the attendees. Despite the 14.5% ABV, there was no sign of alcohol on the nose or the palate.
The wine had a wonderfully, long finish. The tannins in this wine were extremely well integrated, soft and pleasant.
This was a truly a great blend, with none of the varietals exerting too much force over the others. They were all playing together nicely.
This wine would pair well with most grilled or roasted beef, pork or poultry dishes. Pasta with tomato sauce would be a great accompaniment. Something overly spicy might detract from it, but I would give it a shot (let me know!).
The 2006 Argiano Solengo cost me $86. Upper end of the range, but it was a delicious wine. This is a great representation of a Super Tuscan. I hope you can enjoy it sometime.