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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



The 2007 Ornellaia is remarkably open and accessible, very much in keeping with the personality of the vintage. Clean, minerally notes frame a core of silky, perfumed dark fruit, mocha, spices, licorice, grilled herbs and leather that impresses for its exceptional length. Tasted next to the 2007 Le Serre Nuove, the 2007 Ornellaia shows more muscle (from the higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon), but in terms of pure quality the wines are very close. The 2007 is not a big, massive Ornellaia, but rather a wine built on elegance and finesse, both of which are on full display. The 2007 should drink well with a minimum of cellaring, but whether it will make old bones remains a question mark at this point. The 2007 Ornellaia is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. Wine Advocate.October, 2010

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is an Italian wine producer known for producing Super Tuscan wines, in the Bolgheri DOC in Tuscany. The wines are based on Bordeaux grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and are among the leaders in the Super Tuscan category along with Solaia, Tignanello and Sassicaia. The estate produces its flagship wine, Ornellaia, as well as secondary wines Le Serre Nuove, Le Volte and the varietally labelled Merlot, Masseto. The vineyards of the estate were planted in 1981 under the direction of Marchese Lodovico Antinori of the famous Antinori family who originally championed Chianti production. In 1985 the first vintage of Ornellaia was produced with the help of renowned Hungarian winemaker Tibor Gal. After some years the winery had built up a great reputation and was regularly acquiring awards and accolades from notable wine critics such as Robert Parker. By the late 90’s, Californian producer Robert Mondavi expressed a great interest in the winery and took a minority share in the estate. By 2002 he had acquired full ownership while initiating a partnership with the Frescobaldi family. In 2005, the Frescobaldi family became full owners of the estate and own it to this day where it is known as Ornellaia e Masseto.

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