2004 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Masseto
Merlot - 750ML

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  • WA 97

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Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2007
Shows wonderful aromas of flowers and berries with hints of vanilla and Indian spices. Full-bodied and powerful with layers of chewy tannins and a long flawless finish. Compact and dense yet racy and refined. Not the... Shows wonderful aromas of flowers and berries with hints of vanilla and Indian spices. Full-bodied and powerful with layers of chewy tannins and a long flawless finish. Compact and dense yet racy and refined. Not the perfect 2001 but very close. Best after 2013. 2680 cases made. –JS
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2007
The stunning 2004 Masseto (100% Merlot) presents layers of sweet jammy dark fruit and mineral notes that burst forth from the glass with notable length purity and delineation. It is a decidedly elegant and super-refined... The stunning 2004 Masseto (100% Merlot) presents layers of sweet jammy dark fruit and mineral notes that burst forth from the glass with notable length purity and delineation. It is a decidedly elegant and super-refined Masseto that continues to integrate its 100% new oak well showing extraordinary class and fine silky-textured tannins that caress the palate on the long finish. The 2004 will be hard to resist in its youth as it is incredibly delicious even now yet it promises to develop gracefully to at least age 20. It is a phenomenal effort that is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2024. Importer: Folio Fine Wine Partners Napa CA; tel. (707) 256-2700
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2004

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.