1997 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WS 95
  • WA 93
  • IWC 91

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WS 95
Wine Spectator, January 2007
Dark ruby red. Shows intense blackberry currant fresh herb and mineral character on the nose. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and a long caressing finish. Still young and powerful.--1997 Italian blind retrospective... Dark ruby red. Shows intense blackberry currant fresh herb and mineral character on the nose. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and a long caressing finish. Still young and powerful.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2009. 11415 cases made. -JS
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
The estate's 1997 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) combines the large-framed opulence of the 1999 with the slightly more herbal notes found in the 1998. It is a big plump wine packed... The estate's 1997 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) combines the large-framed opulence of the 1999 with the slightly more herbal notes found in the 1998. It is a big plump wine packed with layers of fruit and well-integrated oak showing outstanding length and the telltale note of sweetness on the finish that defines this vintage. Despite its approachable nature today the 1997 appears to have enough structure to drink well for another decade. Both the 1997 Ornellaia and Masseto enjoyed a very strong showing in this tasting. 93/Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, September 2004
Bright youthful red-ruby. Very ripe complex aromas of black fruits violet exotic spices licorice and humus. Then hugely full and sweet in the mouth but with a faint greenness. Finishes with big slightly rustic... Bright youthful red-ruby. Very ripe complex aromas of black fruits violet exotic spices licorice and humus. Then hugely full and sweet in the mouth but with a faint greenness. Finishes with big slightly rustic tannins-less fine-grained than usual for this estate. A classic wine from a hot year in which the ripening came in a rush.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 1997

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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.