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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerSoldera (Az. Agr. Case Basse) (web)
AppellationBrunello di Montalcino

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2017 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Case Basse on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by lesz on 1/3/2015 flawed bottle: unfortunately corked. (294 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 11/13/2014 & rated 96 points: The ’96 Soldera Riserva was a perfect, seamless wine with depths which seemed almost unreachable. It was one of those experiences where the wine seemed to change each time you put the glass to your nose. It was beautifully expressive with dark berry, earth and undergrowth up front. The bouquet then turned to dried flowers, tree bark and exotic spice. On the palate, it was youthful and dark, yet a zing of acidity kept it lively and fun to drink. Notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, earth and spice formed on the palate and carried through the finish as the mouth began to water, accentuating the flavors. It’s a dark beauty of a Brunello. (829 views)
 Tasted by JJB007 on 8/20/2014 & rated 89 points: a bit light (809 views)
 Tasted by liber on 9/2/2013 & rated 93 points: Last bottle from six pack, good notes post 2008, excellent fill, deep, bright red, still almost purple on rim, classy nose of black cherry, game, liquorice, full, long, persistent and surprisingly complex for a weak vintage, ready, but with guts and grip to improve, bodes well for 97s and 99s. Fine plus (18/20). (1540 views)
 Tasted by bon vivant on 6/20/2012 & rated 88 points: This was rather disappointing at boys weekend as it never seemed to come alive even after a long decant. Very dark and concentrated -maybe it will be better if it develops some good secondary flavors but this may be wishful thinking. Drinkable but when considering the producer and price it leaves me wishing for much more. (2492 views)
 Tasted by Longboarder on 6/17/2012 & rated 90 points: Not a great Soldera but very pleasant to drink. Color was a little more advanced than I would have expected. This wine had been in my cellar since release. Nice nose of red fruit, spice, and balsamic. Plenty of fruit remained but the acidity was a little out of balance for the fruit. Shorter finish. If you have them drink them. (2597 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 10/20/2009 & rated 92 points: Cedar, earthy, licorice and spice on the nose. Very dry and savoury on the palate with excellent balance. (2572 views)
 Tasted by andrewbarbera on 10/2/2007 & rated 92 points: this one needs a few more years down, huge nose, great color, palet is very smokey earthey and suprising, finish leaves quickly. (2630 views)
 Tasted by jdunnuck on 1/21/2007 & rated 91 points: AFC Championship (Rico's house): Simply an outstanding, perfumed and expresive nose. Beautiful dark cherry, tar, spice and earth notes jump from the glass. This even showed a slight citrus note at first. Medium bodied and unfortunately, the palate didn't live up to the nose with a slightly harsh, acidic edge. Still, lots of rich fruit, dept and complexity leads into a medium to long finish. (2619 views)
 Tasted by cortoncharlie on 11/2/2006 & rated 91 points: Lovely nose - soy, berries, game and roast meats. A medium bodied wine with good sweetness and fruit reflecting the vintage. Very pleasant but a bit simple although it did evolve in the glass. Definitely ready to drink now but needs aeration. (2228 views)
 Tasted by futronic on 3/5/2005 & rated 87 points: Medium-ruby colour to an oranging rim. Aromas of cherry, earth, mushrooms, barnyard. Medium bodied, biting tannins, with notes of cherry, spice, and earth. Moderate finish, 25-30s. Try again in a few years. (1773 views)
 Tasted by Hank Gillespie on 5/26/2004: Vertical tasting of Soldera Case Basse Brunello Riservas: Very bright - clear - vigorous medium dark ruby colour; aromas beginning to develop nicely, with dark berry fruit - blackberry mostly - some smoke - and a few notes at the end of fresh celery, which was actually quite pleasing; on the palate starts out with some tangy berry fruit, which softens up - again blackberry, but the initial thrust suggested chokecherry; quite round and rich tasting, but finishes somewhat shorter than the other wines, albeit with good fruit and texture.
This wine showed well later accompanying some Italian cheeses. (3830 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Brunello di Montalcino- Where Has the Magic Gone?
(Brunello di Montalcino “Case Basse” Riserva- Gianfranco Soldera) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Soldera: Brunello di Montalcino 1977-2000 (Jul 2008)
(Soldera - Case Basse Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, Recently Tasted Italian Red Wines: Outstanding Options Abound
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Soldera (Az. Agr. Case Basse)

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SANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.[16]

Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.


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