Tenuta dell' Ornellaia

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Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia: The Importance

Described by Robert Parker as “one of Italy’s blue-chip properties”, Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia has been producing outstanding wine in Bolgheri for close to 40 years.

 

It has built up an outstanding reputation in a relatively short amount of time, and as James Suckling writes, “Ornellaia is one of the icon wineries of Italy even though its first vintage was in 1985. Its Bordeaux blend compares with the best Cabernet Sauvignon based reds in the world while its pure Merlot, Masseto, is on part with such legends as Petrus and Le Pin.”

 

Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia: The Insight

This estate produces the Bordeaux blend Ornellaia and Ornellaia Bianco, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier coming from three small vineyards. They also produce a second and third wine, Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia introduced in 1997, the product of the estate’s younger vines and Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia. Another white wine is produced, Poggio alle Gazze dell’ Ornellaia, which is made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Verdicchio and Viognier. A sweet wine called Ornus dell’ Ornellaia is also produced with late harvest Petit Manseng, in extremely limited quantities.

 

According to Antonio Galloni, the 2010 Ornellaia boasts aromas of “freshly cut flowers, mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs and plums [which] burst from the glass in this beautifully layered, polished Ornellaia. The 2010 is vivid, nuanced and precise from start to finish.” Monica Larner describes it as “a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it. What stands out is the absolutely seamless-seamless-seamless (yes, it's worth repeating three times) integration of its many moving parts. The wine magically transitions from cherry, spice, chocolate and espresso in one melodic and continuous loop. It exudes balance and elegance over long, delicious minutes. It is profoundly impressive.

 

Writing about the 2011 Le Serre Nuove, Monica Larner describes the wine as “gorgeous” and writes that it “opens with an inky dark, almost impenetrable appearance and beautifully chiseled - but abundantly intense - aromas of blackberry, dried cherry, rum cake, leather, moist pipe tobacco and chewy black licorice. The balance and harmony are seductive and impressive.”

 

Masseto, a 100 percent Merlot wine, is also produced by Ornellaia and has received outstanding praise throughout the years. Speaking of the 100 point rated 2006 vintage, Parker writes that it is a wine which “possesses staggering richness in a style that perfectly captures the essence of this great Tuscan vintage. Black cherries, flowers, licorice and sweet toasted oak are just some of the nuances that emerge from the 2006 Masseto. A wine of breathtaking depth, it also reveals superb clarity, freshness and vibrancy in sumptuous, beautifully-balanced style. Simply put, the 2006 Masseto is a masterpiece from Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia.” In praise of Masseto, Michel Rolland has said, “making great Merlot in the world is almost impossible outside of Bordeaux but Masseto is one place that does.”

 

Some of the best vintages at this estate have been 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 which clearly demonstrates how consistently well this estate performs year upon year, despite the estates somewhat tumultuous ownership history.

 

Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia: The Background

Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia was born in 1981 when Lodovico Antinori, the brother of Piero Antinori, who is famous for creating Tignanello, Solaia and Guado Al Tasso amongst other wineries, purchased the estate. It had previously been founded in 1951 and had been lying in disrepair for several decades. Lodovico then acquired 70 hectares of land from his mother, who was the sister-in-law of the owner of nearby Tenuta San Guido, creators of what is arguably the first super Tuscan, Sassicaia. He hired famed winemaker André Tchelistcheff to be his consultant and started planting Bordeaux grape varieties on his estate. Tchelistcheff was then succeeded by celebrated winemaker Michel Rolland, bringing with him years of experience at some of the best estates in Bordeaux, such as Ausone and Léoville Poyferré. In 2005, Axel Heinz was appointed as winemaker.

 

In 1999, Robert Mondavi bought a stake in this estate, the remaining shares of which he purchased in 2003 with the Frescobaldi family, who count Luce amongst their many wine holdings. In 2005, Constellation Brands which had purchased Mondavi, sold the remaining shares of this estate to the Frescobaldi family, meaning that they are now the sole proprietors.

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2014 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2014 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,168.00
£1,168.00
£584.00

2013 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2013 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,283.00
£1,283.00

2012 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

97.0

2012 Ornellaia Central Italy

97.0
£1,353.00
£692.00
£1,353.00
DP £1,353.00
£675.00
DP £675.00
£115.00
DP £115.00

2011 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

94.0

2011 Ornellaia Central Italy

94.0
£1,521.00
£1,521.00
£763.00
£129.00
DP £129.00
£254.00

2010 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

97.0

2010 Ornellaia Central Italy

97.0
£2,208.00
£1,133.00
£2,208.00
£1,105.00
£186.00
£368.00

2009 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

97.0

2009 Ornellaia Central Italy

97.0
£1,593.00
£1,593.00
£799.00
£135.00

2008 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

97.0

2008 Ornellaia Central Italy

97.0
£1,589.00
£1,589.00
£797.00
£135.00
£266.00

2007 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

93.0

2007 Ornellaia Central Italy

93.0
£2,018.00
£2,018.00
£1,010.00
£337.00

2006 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

96.5

2006 Ornellaia Central Italy

96.5
£1,986.00
£994.00
£167.00

2005 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2005 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,620.00
£1,620.00
£137.00
DP £116.00

2004 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2004 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,914.00
£161.00
£319.00

2003 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2003 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,487.00
NEW
£1,487.00
£742.00
£126.00
DP £126.00

2002 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2002 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,405.00
£119.00

2001 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2001 Ornellaia Central Italy

£2,178.00
£2,178.00
£1,090.00
£183.00

2000 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2000 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,902.00
£952.00
£160.00
DP £152.00
£650.00

1999 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1999 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,489.00
£126.00

1998 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1998 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,854.00
£156.00
DP £309.00

1997 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1997 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,938.00
£163.00

1996 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1996 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,616.00
£1,616.00
£137.00
DP £137.00

1995 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1995 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,974.00
£1,014.00
£1,974.00
£988.00
£166.00
£1,383.00

1994 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1994 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,369.00
£116.00
£229.00
£959.00

1993 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1993 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,369.00
£116.00

1992 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1992 Ornellaia Central Italy

£2,216.00
£186.00
£369.00
£758.00

1991 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1991 Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,580.00
£1,580.00
£134.00
DP £134.00

1990 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1990 Ornellaia Central Italy

£2,677.00
£2,677.00
£1,339.00
£224.00
£215.00
£446.00

1989 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

76.0

1989 Ornellaia Central Italy

76.0
£1,878.00
£940.00
£158.00
DP £158.00

1988 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1988 Ornellaia Central Italy

£2,401.00
NEW
£2,401.00
£1,200.00
£202.00
£400.00

1987 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1987 Ornellaia Central Italy

£2,363.00
£198.00

1986 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1986 Ornellaia Central Italy

£3,258.00
£272.00

1985 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1985 Ornellaia Central Italy

£6,593.00
£549.00
£1,098.00

1984 Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

1984 Ornellaia Central Italy

£5,818.00
NEW
£484.00

2010 Ornellaia Anniversary Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2010 Ornellaia Anniversary Central Italy

£2,268.00
£1,135.00

N.V. Ornellaia Collection Case (2006, 2007, 2008) Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

N.V. Ornellaia Collection Case (2006, 2007, 2008) Central Italy

£1,955.00
£1,955.00

2010 Ornus dell´Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2010 Ornus dell´Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,429.00
£180.00

2009 Ornus dell´Ornellaia Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2009 Ornus dell´Ornellaia Central Italy

£1,413.00
£178.00

2014 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2014 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

£367.00
£367.00
£185.00
£64.00
£128.00

2013 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

94.0

2013 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

94.0
£307.00
£155.00
£307.00
£29.00
£107.00

2012 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

92.0

2012 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

92.0
£424.00
£424.00
DP £424.00
£213.00
£38.00

2011 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

94.0

2011 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

94.0
£359.00
£181.00

2010 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

92.0

2010 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

92.0
£485.00
£243.00

2009 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

92.0

2009 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

92.0
£413.00
£413.00
£413.00
£71.00

2008 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

93.0

2008 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

93.0
£432.00
£75.00

2006 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2006 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

£427.00
£427.00

2001 Le Serre Nuove Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2001 Le Serre Nuove Central Italy

£497.00
DP £249.00

2015 Le Volte Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

92.0

2015 Le Volte Central Italy

92.0
£152.00
£78.00
£16.00

2014 Le Volte Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2014 Le Volte Central Italy

£140.00
£140.00
£72.00

2013 Le Volte Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2013 Le Volte Central Italy

£196.00
£196.00
£100.00
£20.00

2012 Le Volte Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

90.0

2012 Le Volte Central Italy

90.0
£270.00
£270.00
£137.00
£26.00
£95.00

2011 Le Volte Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

90.0

2011 Le Volte Central Italy

90.0
£243.00
£27.00

2009 Le Volte Ornellaia; Tenuta dell' Central Italy

2009 Le Volte Central Italy

£231.00
£117.00

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