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The Super Rare and Brilliant Wines of Gianfranco Soldera. The Winery’s Final Cellar Release.
October 8, 2020


The Rare and Elusive Wines of Gianfranco Soldera. It Is the Final Expressions of the Iconic Winemaker and Simply the Rarest Selection to Leave Casse Base. Just 160 Cases of the 2007 and 300 Cases of the 2009 Were Released…


" Gianfranco Soldera remains one of Italy’s most iconic producers. At their best, these are some of the most profound wines being made anywhere on the planet." - Antonio Galloni

Here is something you do not see often, the wines of Case Basse di Soldera. His statements are quotes that Sergio and IWM posted on the wall - “If you can’t see your finger through the wine and the glass – it’s not pure Sangiovese!” These are the passionate words of the ever stubborn and unbending Gianfranco Soldera. Jancis Robinson refers to his wines as "Legendary Brunellos" and Robert Parker calls the man an "uncompromising perfectionist." His Casse Basse di Soldera Brunello and Sangiovese Toscana are undoubtedly the most esteemed wine of Italy alongside that of Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Monfortino. In fact, for IWM, they are more difficult to track down then a bottle of Monfortino.

These are wines of mediation, depth and complexity, one taste of a properly aged Soldera bottle and you will see the brilliance, elegance and power that pure, noble Sangiovese can have. It should be noted that Gianfranco scoured the globe for the finest piece of land to produce wine – he landed here with the ancient fossil rich soils of Tavernelle in Montalcino. So unique and prized are his wines, and land, that Chateau d’Yquem tested planting fruit on his property.

And as much as we love to talk about the mystique or folklore of Gianfranco Soldera, the great challenge is finding his miniscule production of wines, so when we do, we grab them quickly. Not only was his wines impossible to secure in the past, as Robert Parker duly noted, he "seems not to want to sell them to anybody on planet Earth unless they meet his "qualifications," since his passing, they are more difficult to track down then even a bottle of Monfortino. And it should be further noted, for the 2007 Sangiovese bottling, just 160 cases were released, for the 2009, a mere 300 cases were released, and in the 2014, just one single cask was produced!

These are among the final wines of the iconic winemaker and they will be talked about for decades to come. These are simply some of the rarest bottles to leave the Soldera cellar. To find them presented with this depth is simply impossible, and they are priced accordingly.

Featured Wine: The Final Expressions of Sangiovese from Gianfranco Soldera

Description

Vintage

Size

Special

Press

Available

Packaging

Featured Wine:

(6+ Bottles)

(In Bottles)

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2014

750ml

$649.99

96+AG

30

OCx6

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2014

1.5L

$1,399.99

96+AG

6

OCx1

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2013

750ml

$649.99

94AG

30

OCx6

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2009

750ml

$749.99

92-95AG

48

OCx6

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2008

750ml

$799.99

97AG

12

OCx6

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2008

1.5L

$1,899.99

97AG

6

OCx1

Soldera - Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese

2007

750ml

$949.99

96AG

12

OCx6

Note: Wines are pre-arrival

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:



2007 Case Basse di Soldera Toscana Sangiovese
96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2007 Toscana Sangiovese is a highly unusual wine from Gianfranco Soldera because it spent much less time in oak than is the norm. Essentially, the 2007 is a small lot of juice that was aging in tank when Soldera's cellar was vandalized in 2012. The shorter time in barrel has resulted in an exotic, racy Sangiovese with intensely forward red-toned fruit, highly expressive aromatics and an up-front, bold personality. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, wild flowers and mint grace the racy finish. At times, the 2007 Sangiovese reminds me of a great Asili Barbaresco. Sadly, there are just over 2,000 bottles of the 2007 to go around, so readers who see the wine offered will want to act quickly.”

2008 Case Basse di Soldera Toscana Sangiovese
97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: 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.”

2009 Case Basse di Soldera Toscana Sangiovese
94 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “There is a lot of mystery and mystique surrounding the current wine program spearheaded by Gianfranco Soldera. According to the latest information I have, Case Basse produced 36 hectoliters of IGT wine in 2009, only four hectoliters in 2010, 17 hectoliters in 2011, 124 hectoliters in 2012, 127 hectoliters in 2013 and 68 hectoliters in 2014. Given those radically inconsistent production numbers, I suspect we won't see this wine in retail again until the 2012 vintage is released. On the market now, you might find the 2009 100% Sangiovese if you are extremely lucky. This is by far the vintage I prefer most since this pure expression of Sangiovese lost its Brunello di Montalcino status. As an IGT, the wine is streamlined and silky. Fruit flavors of wild cherry, dried apple and aniseed are radiant and glossy. The wine packs mild volatile acidity that adds to its aromatic intensity and presentation. This vintage gives me cause to believe in the cult of Soldera.”

2013 Case Basse di Soldera Toscana Sangiovese
94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: The 2013 Sangiovese is the first wine at Soldera in which production bounces back to normal. Silky and beautifully perfumed in the glass, the 2013 is gracious, airy and wonderfully refined. Bright red cherry fruit, chalk, mint and wild roses soar out of the glass. It will be interesting to see where the 2013 goes in time. Over the years, I have learned that these wines have a way of transforming in bottle that is hard to predict. Today, the 2013 comes across as on the lighter side, although I have tasted some bottles that show more depth.”

2014 Case Basse Toscana Sangiovese
96+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: In 2014, the very challenging, wet growing season yielded just a single cask of Sangiovese that I was able to taste a few times before it was bottled. From the beginning, the 2014 was mesmerizing. It is all that and more today. Powerful and yet translucent in the glass, the 2014 presents a beguiling mélange of dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice and leather. I would be in no rush to open the 2014 today, as it is still very young. Soldera has historically done quite well in difficult years. I won’t be at all surprised if the 2014 turns out even better than this note suggests.”

This is an email ONLY offer. Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer (that is only available until 11:59, Wednesday, 10/7, or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your Portfolio Manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,

Chris