CASE BASSE DI GIANFRANCO SOLDERA ROSSO IGT
Bottle Size: 750 mL
Dense yet surprisingly ethereal, this wine wafts with pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit, fresh-cut herbs, wildflowers, cypress trees and earth. On the palate, the wine fills the mouth with fruit, coats it with fine-grained tannins, and builds to a spice and mineral inflected finish.Since his first harvest in 1975, Soldera has always vinified the same way--aging his wine ltraditionally in large Slavonian oak for five years and then an additional six to 12 months in bottle before release--but in 2008, Soldera shifted his protocol, aging partly in botti and finishing the wine’s aging in stainless steel before bottling. Although no longer called a Brunello, this ’08 Rosso IGT is a Soldera Brunello in everything but its name; it’s a powerful yet scintillating wine, and it belongs in the cellars of serious Brunello enthusiasts.
2008 Vintage Scores:
"After the highly unusual and exotic 2007, the 2008 Toscana Sangiovese marks a return to a more classic Soldera style. Here the flavors are quite bold and savory, while the structure is that of a wine built for aging. Sage, rosemary, tobacco, mint and leather notes wrap around a core of dark red stone fruits as this vivid, crystalline wine shows off its personality and pedigree. Readers lucky enough to find the 2008 are in for a thrill. "
Antonio Galloni: 97 Points