Argiano is one of the oldest winemaking estates in Montalcino with a rich 500-year history dating back to the Renaissance. The estate served as a bastion of winemaking through the centuries and in modern times Argiano produced one of the first Brunello di Montalcinos.
In 1967, Argiano was one of the first of the two founders of the ‘Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino’ that manages public relations and the image of Montalcino wines. The winery has continued its leadership in Italian wine, working with Giacomo Tachis, the man credited with changing the course of wine in Italy as the founding father of the Super Tuscan movement. His legacy includes Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia, to name a few. Tachis helped craft Argiano’s Solengo, the first Super Tuscan to originate from Montalcino.
This outstanding red wine is a quite recent expression of Argiano’s viticultural potential in relation to red wines made with Sangiovese. ‘Solengo’, which is Tuscan for “lone wild boar”, is the product of the combination between Tuscan soil and French grape-varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. It is the fruit of the “creation” of the internationally acclaimed former oenologist Giacomo Tachis, which now continues with the work of Argiano’s team.
‘Fantastic aromas of flowers such as violets and roses with dark purple fruits and hints of stones, too. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a long and linear finish. This is a return to the great Solengos of the mid-1990s. The best since 1997. Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Petit Verdot 30%, Merlot 15% and Sangiovese 5%. Drinkable now but better in 2020.’
97 pts – James Suckling
‘Argiano has been doing terrific work lately with this historic blend. The 2015 Solengo is especially exuberant, concentrated and dark in this warm and sunny vintage. It shows confidence and determination. This is a softly enriched red wine with black fruit, dried blackberry aromas, exotic spice, savoury smoke and cured tobacco.’
95 pts – Wine Advocate