1999 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WE 96
  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, August 2002
Spicy and full of cassis tobacco and coffee aromas. Texture and mouthfeel are what this wine is all about; it is plush like velvet carpet. Deep satisfying flavors of plum black currant and vanilla lead into an ultrasmooth... Spicy and full of cassis tobacco and coffee aromas. Texture and mouthfeel are what this wine is all about; it is plush like velvet carpet. Deep satisfying flavors of plum black currant and vanilla lead into an ultrasmooth finish that is clean as a hospital emergency room.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2007
I was blown away by the 1999 Ornellaia. Still fresh and youthful it reveals a powerful authoritative personality in its layers of primary fruit with its opulence beautifully balanced by its big yet polished tannins... I was blown away by the 1999 Ornellaia. Still fresh and youthful it reveals a powerful authoritative personality in its layers of primary fruit with its opulence beautifully balanced by its big yet polished tannins. Another year or two of bottle age is probably called for but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gorgeous wine. Given its considerable structure it should have no problem aging for another dozen years. In 1999 the blend consisted of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 95/Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2002
Wow. Currants berries cherries and minerals but all subtlety. Full- to medium-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish. Complex wine. However a significant price hike which follows the purchase of the estate by the... Wow. Currants berries cherries and minerals but all subtlety. Full- to medium-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish. Complex wine. However a significant price hike which follows the purchase of the estate by the Mondavi and Frescobaldi families is disappointing. Best after 2005. 12165 cases made. -JS
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2004
Full ruby-red. Youthful perfumed nose hints at cherry flowers licorice and lead pencil. Dense brooding and powerful with superb depth and clarity of cherry cassis mineral and floral flavors. An aristocratic backward... Full ruby-red. Youthful perfumed nose hints at cherry flowers licorice and lead pencil. Dense brooding and powerful with superb depth and clarity of cherry cassis mineral and floral flavors. An aristocratic backward gripping Ornellaia that finishes with explosive length and building tannins. If the '98 is feminine this is distinctly masculine. Still an infant. 94(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 1999

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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.

Winery

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.