LCBO choice to make [moved from Ontario board]
Calling all sommeliers ... amateur and professional ...
I am purchasing a fine Italian wine for a couple soon to be married, for them to put down and enjoy on a future memorable occasion. Which would you pick ... ANTINORI SOLAIA 2007 or SASSICAIA 2008?
Here's my conundrum ... from the reviews I've read, they both are highly rated
ANTINORI SOLAIA 2007 - Robert Parker gave it a 97, Wine Spectator 94
SASSICAIA 2008 - Robert Parker 96, Wine Spectator 94, James Suckling 97 (Suckling actually says it's the best young Sass is years)
... so from a ratings standpoint, they appear to be all in the same ballpark. Can you point me to the reviews you read JennaBean?
Those ratings are statistically 'identical' - IGNORE THEM. Our blind tastings have CONSISTENTLY shown that Parker 'over-rates' some houses (compared to others in same region), whereas Wine Spectator overrates some vintages (that is if our independent blind tasters can be trusted (50-100 tasters depending on tasting). As you have different houses and different years, the ratings are not particularly useful in making a decision.
Base your choice on any preferences the couple might already have - but don't worry - both make excellent gifts!
And be aware that the Solaia (if that's your choice) is almost gone in Toronto - call the store ahead of time to make sure these are not 'phantom' bottles. The inventory system is REALLY screwed up right now - I've had 3 PREPAID orders fail to arrive fully in the last couple of months.