Conquering armies such as Napoleon's are responsible for bringing French grapes to Italy, but it wasn't until 1942 that these grapes began to change Italian winemaking. That's when Tancredi Biondi Santi, the man who made Brunello famous, helped Mario Incisa della Rocchetta plant Cabernet Sauvignon at his Tenuta San Guido estate a few miles from the Bolgheri coast. In 1968 Piero Antinori lent his cousin Mario his own consulting enologist, Giacomo Tachis, and the wine they created together, a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc named Sassicaia, forever changed the course of Italian wine.
Many winemakers built on the success of the pioneering Super-Tuscans, and Bolgheri, along with the rest of Toscana, saw a proliferation of wines made from international grapes. In 1971, Piero Antinori created Tignanello with Giacomo Tachis and made winemaking history; moreover, he helped the Super-Tuscan revolution to continue on its path to world-wide prominence. Creating his Solaia in 1978, Antinori further changed the face of Italian wine, something for which critics, collectors and connoisseurs are regularly grateful.
Piero Antinori has enjoyed incredible success and staying power. His wines rank among the best that Italy has to offer; they are mandatory for any enthusiast's cellar. In many ways, they represent the beauty in the convergence of tradition and innovation, of the past and the future, and of roots-deep provincial Italian winemaking and the international wine scene. Today, I'm proud to announce the new 2013 release of Antinori's Solaia, the wine known as "the sunny one" that derives from a 50-acre vineyard adjacent to Tignanello, its sibling. Balanced, classic, elegant and simply beautiful, this '13 Solaia will make you fall in love with Antinori--and even Super Tuscans--all over again. It's a compelling rendition of those ineffable Toscana elements--the air, the sun and the earth--that are eternal, and it's a wine you'll want to drink over and over again.