1990 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • IWC 96
  • NM 96
  • WS 96
  • WA 94

Reviews for 1990 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia

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
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2010
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. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020. - Antonio Galloni