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Villa Argiano lay claim to being the oldest wine estate in Montalcino, located below Saint'Angelo in Colle, some 8km from the famous wine town. Built in 1581 the Villa passed through many sets of hands over the centuries and in 1992, the current owner Noemi Marone Cinzano purchased the property. In the past the renown consultant, Giacomo Tachis, the man behind Sassacaia, was involved in the project and the Bordeaux varieties were planted but today Bordeaux-trained winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers holds the reins. The estates range of wines is superb and includes Suolo, their silky Sangiovese and stunning Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di 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 GiacomoTachis, which now continues with the work of Argiano’s team.

Dense ripe oak nose. The oak, althought present, is not intrusive and the wine should develop nicely with bottle age. Four Stars * * * * Decanter October 2006: Great Italian Fine Wine

Dark ruby. The 2003 Solengo, a blend of equal parts Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, opens with a huge, brooding notes followed by masses of super-ripe dark fruit, cassis, licorice, earth and black pepper nuances that coat the palate with notable length. Made in an unabashedly rich and concentrated style, it is an excellent effort. Only the imposing tannic structure of the vintage keeps the score from going higher. 2009


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