1990 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • IWC 96
  • NM 96
  • WS 96
  • AG 94
  • WA 92

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IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2004
Good fresh deep red. Knockout nose combines black fruits tar mocha and humus. A hugely concentrated sweet wine with great richness of fruit and extract. The first vintage of Ornellaia to reach 14% alcohol and it shows in... Good fresh deep red. Knockout nose combines black fruits tar mocha and humus. A hugely concentrated sweet wine with great richness of fruit and extract. The first vintage of Ornellaia to reach 14% alcohol and it shows in the wine's compelling thickness. Far from the subtlest wine in the range but ripe acidity and big sweet tannins give it plenty of verve and grip. Today I find this wine fresher and a bit more detailed than the estate's 2000. A monumental wine today but this could still use another four or five years in bottle to reach its peak.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2008
A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this Ornellaia has been one of my favourite Super-Tuscans ever since I first tasted in blind almost a decade ago. A very deep colour. The nose remains... A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this Ornellaia has been one of my favourite Super-Tuscans ever since I first tasted in blind almost a decade ago. A very deep colour. The nose remains stubbornly backward considering its age, but left in the glass to breath, it develops some gorgeous ripe plum, cassis and glycerin notes. The palate is medium-bodied with that lush, silky, sensuous texture; essentially a Bordeaux with Mediterranean exoticism. It has an irresistible sense of purity with rounded lush black fruits, black olive and even a touch of honey on the long finish. An outstanding wine. Drink now-2020+
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2000
A decadent red, with loads of tobacco, cherry and meat aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and long rich aftertaste. I have found bottle variation with this wine, but this is superb quality.--1990... A decadent red, with loads of tobacco, cherry and meat aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and long rich aftertaste. I have found bottle variation with this wine, but this is superb quality.--1990 Tuscany retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 8,330 cases made. –JS
AG 94
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, December 2009
The 1990 Ornellaia (magnum) foreshadows an opulent style that would become the norm in future years. A rich, dense Ornellaia, the 1990 offers exceptional balance in its expressive bouquet, ripe fruit and beautifully... The 1990 Ornellaia (magnum) foreshadows an opulent style that would become the norm in future years. A rich, dense Ornellaia, the 1990 offers exceptional balance in its expressive bouquet, ripe fruit and beautifully balanced acidity. Earthiness, licorice, smoke and menthol linger on the elegant finish. In 1990 temperatures were unusually warm toward the end of the growing season, which comes through in the wine’s generous, open personality. The 1990 Ornellaia is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 15 months in French oak, 40% of which was new.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 1994
Another super effort from this producer, Ludvico Antinori's 1990 Ornellaia is a worthy successor to the super 1988. Fat, supple, and loaded with black-cherry and curranty fruit, and a dash of vanillin from new oak... Another super effort from this producer, Ludvico Antinori's 1990 Ornellaia is a worthy successor to the super 1988. Fat, supple, and loaded with black-cherry and curranty fruit, and a dash of vanillin from new oak barrels, this full-bodied, velvety-textured, opulent wine should drink well for 10-12 years. - Robert parker
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 1990

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The desire to nurture the estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning. The flagship wine Ornellaia is one of the first and finest Super Tuscans, a cuvee of Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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Ornellaia, Tenuta dell'

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a Bolgheri estate which lies in the heart of Tuscany's coastal region, Maremma, also home to Sassicaia. The estate is one of the icon wineries of Italy, producing some of the finest Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in Tuscany, grown in the alluvial, volcanic, and marine-based soils which comprise the region’s terroir.

Founded by Marchese Lodovico Antinori in 1981, Ornellaia’s first vineyard plantings were in 1982 and the new winery started operations with the 1985 vintage. Robert Mondavi and Marchesi de' Frescobaldi became co-owners of the estate in 2002, but since 2005, the estate has been exclusively owned by Marchesi de' Frescobaldi.

Grapes which are not designated for the winery’s flagship Bordeaux-styled release Ornellaia, one of the first Super Tuscans, are "declassified" to the production of Le Serre Nuove, which usually has more Merlot, and sees less oak influence. The winery produces several other labels, including Le Volte, a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a Sauvignon Blanc, Poggio alla Gazze, and Ornus, a sweet, late harvest wine from Petit Manseng.

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia also owns the Masseto winery and estate, which produces an equally world-renowned and lauded single-vineyard Merlot.