2001 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • WS 95
  • W&S 95
  • IWC 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2010
The 2001 Ornellaia (magnum) offers up violets, black cherries, minerals and earthiness in a big, structured style. The wine’s sheer intensity and thrust are nothing short of remarkable. Ideally, readers will give the 2001... The 2001 Ornellaia (magnum) offers up violets, black cherries, minerals and earthiness in a big, structured style. The wine’s sheer intensity and thrust are nothing short of remarkable. Ideally, readers will give the 2001 another few years in bottle; as it is truly majestic stuff but will require patience. The 2001 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (70% new) prior to being lightly fined and bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026. - Antonio Galloni
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2004
Incredible class here with ultrafine tannins and layers of currants berries and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied yet all in harmony and beauty. Beautifully sculptured. Excellent length. Not quite the 1998 but clearly... Incredible class here with ultrafine tannins and layers of currants berries and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied yet all in harmony and beauty. Beautifully sculptured. Excellent length. Not quite the 1998 but clearly classic. Best after 2005. 12920 cases made. –JS
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, April 2005
Thomas Duroux, a Bordelais with an Italian mother, came to Ornellaia from Mondavi's frustrated project in the Languedoc. The 2001 was his first complete vintage at the estate, and the energy he poured into perfecting this... Thomas Duroux, a Bordelais with an Italian mother, came to Ornellaia from Mondavi's frustrated project in the Languedoc. The 2001 was his first complete vintage at the estate, and the energy he poured into perfecting this wine seems to have magnified the greatness of the vintage. When first opened, the classic Bordeaux varieties in this blend take prominence, making it seem like a self-consciously fine wine, sumptuous and international in its sheen. Michel Rolland is a consultant for the estate, and that gloss is a signature of his wines, especially when it hides a taste of the soil underneath. In Ornellaia, that soil character builds to an extremely long flavor of earthy tannin, lasting along with the fatness of the tart black cherry flavor: a brisk ripeness that seems to contradict itself. Taste it a day later and the wine is explosive, a powerhouse with Tuscany written all over it, structured like an ancient tower of stone. This may well be the best Ornellaia we've tasted on release; well worth collecting, it will age and improve for two decades or more.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2004
(14. 6% alcohol). Saturated ruby-red. Flamboyant upfront aromas of black- and redcurrant raspberry strawberry chocolate mocha and violet pastille. Big rich sweet and deep with superripe distinctly Mediterranean flavors of... (14. 6% alcohol). Saturated ruby-red. Flamboyant upfront aromas of black- and redcurrant raspberry strawberry chocolate mocha and violet pastille. Big rich sweet and deep with superripe distinctly Mediterranean flavors of blueberry strawberry and chocolate kept fresh by sound acidity. Conveys an impression of powerful extract. Finishes with superb noble tannins and mounting flavors of red fruits licorice and chocolate. This extremely young wine's solid structure is currently hidden by its sheer chewy sweetness of fruit. This was the first vintage made by Duroux and it struck me as especially strong in extract if a bit youthfully disorganized. But note that I tasted it about nine months before it was scheduled to be released.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2001

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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.