2004 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WS 97
  • WA 95
  • IWC 92

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WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2007
Dark ruby-purple in color with complex aromas of dark chocolate cola vanilla cedar and currant. Full-bodied yet ultrarefined with dense seamless caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb. Cabernet... Dark ruby-purple in color with complex aromas of dark chocolate cola vanilla cedar and currant. Full-bodied yet ultrarefined with dense seamless caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009. From Italy.- JS
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2007
The gorgeous 2004 Ornellaia is a great way to start this tasting. A lively dark ruby it is a vibrant effort bursting with expressive aromatics and layered well-delineated fruit showing much purity on the palate and... The gorgeous 2004 Ornellaia is a great way to start this tasting. A lively dark ruby it is a vibrant effort bursting with expressive aromatics and layered well-delineated fruit showing much purity on the palate and closing with a long finessed finish. Readers hoping to catch this wine's full array of nuances will have to wait at least another few years as the wine remains quite primary today. This exquisite effort is not to be missed. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 95/Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is without question one of Italy's blue-chip properties. The gorgeous sprawling estate is located in Bolgheri in Tuscany's Maremma. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a number of the estate's wines with General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and Oenologist Axel Heinz including verticals of the estate's top bottlings Ornellaia and Masseto.Ornellaia is a Bordeaux-inspired blend consisting principally of Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 2003 a small percentage of Petit Verdot was introduced. The use of several varietals gives the winemaking team the luxury of being able to tailor the exact proportion of the blend to the specific strengths of a given vintage. Because the blend tends to vary from year to year in a vertical tasting Ornellaia shows many different facets of its personality.After harvest the varietals are vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration lasts between 25-30 days after which the wines are moved into French oak barrels where they age for 12 months. The wines are then racked and assembled into the final blend which spends an additional six months in barrel prior to being bottled. The percentage of new oak has risen from 50% which was used for vintages 1997 and 1998 to 60% used in 1999 to the 70% the estate has employed since 2000.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2007
Deep ruby. The initially reticent nose begins with a hint of grass before revealing wonderfully complex notes of raspberry red and black cherry leather tobacco and intriguing minerality. Much more explosive on the palate... Deep ruby. The initially reticent nose begins with a hint of grass before revealing wonderfully complex notes of raspberry red and black cherry leather tobacco and intriguing minerality. Much more explosive on the palate from the get-go with deep ripe red and black fruit flavors given extra lift and complexity by pretty coffee and dark chocolate highlights. The very long nuanced finish features smooth tannins. A very successful Ornellaia.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2004

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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.