Argiano’s history dates back to 1580, when the Pecci family of Siena began the construction of a magnificent villa, complete with vast cellars. In 1967, Argiano, which is the south west quarter of the Brunello appellation, was one of the founder members of the Consorzio di Brunello. In 1992 Contessa Noemi Marone Cinzano bought the estate, and engaged the world-famous Giacomo Tachis (the creator of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia) as consultant oenologist. In fact, it was he who launched Argiano’s Super Tuscan, Solengo. Under his guidance, too, the Sangiovese vineyards were extended and the cellars modernised. In 2013, André Esteves, a Brazilian financier bought Argiano. Since then, he has provided funds for a massive updating of the entire estate. New cellars have been built, the villa is undergoing an extensive renovation programme and the vineyards have been mapped into six separate zones by the acclaimed Chilean terroir consultant, Pedro Parra. In consequence of the switch to organic methods, the bee population has soared throughout the estate, which covers 125 hectares, 70 of which are under vine.
The Argiano plateau is at 300m. The soil is clay, with limestone and fossils. The Rosso di Montalcino (which could be Brunello) is 100% Sangiovese Grosso from new and younger vines (10-15 years old). It is vinified in stainless steel with a 2 week maceration, and aged for between 4 and 6 months in large Slavonian oak botte. The Brunello di Montalcino, also 100% Sangiovese
Grosso (usually harvested between the end of September and the middle of October), ferments on the skins in stainless steel for 2 or 3 weeks. The malo-lactic fermentation follows smoothly on from the alcoholic. The wine is then aged in large French oak barrels of 30 months. Non Confunditur is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 30% Syrah and Sangiovese Grosso, vinified separately. Before blending the wines are aged for 6 months in one year-old French barriques two year-old tonneaux. After blending, they are aged in stainless steel. Solengo was the brainchild of the legendary winemaker and father of Super Tuscan wines, Giacomo Tachis. The first vintage was 1995. Twenty years later James Sucking gave the 2015 97 points, and made it one of his top wines of 2017.
“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.”
Solengo, by the way, means solitary wild boar in Tuscan, and describes perfectly the regal, powerful, self-confident beast that lurks within each.
|V||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah,Sangiovese|
|Rosso di Montalcino|
|Brunello di Montalcino|
|Solengo IGT Toscana|
|M , V||Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah|
|Suolo ITG Toscana|
|Grappa di Brunello|
|Non Confunditur||V||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah,Sangiovese|
|Rosso di Montalcino||V||Sangiovese|
|Brunello di Montalcino||V||Sangiovese|
|Solengo IGT Toscana||M , V||Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah|
|Suolo ITG Toscana||V||Sangiovese|
|Grappa di Brunello||V|