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Average critic rating : 97.0 points
The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. ||The 2009 vintage was not easy at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia because of the scorching hot summer. Readers may want to take a look at my video interview with Axel Heinz for more on the 2009 vintage. Wine Advocate.June, 2012
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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