2008 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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  • WA 97

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JS 98
jamessuckling.com, March 2011
I love Ornellaia. Amazing aromas of currants blackberries and hints of vanilla cream. Licorice too. Full bodied with soft and velvety tannins and an amazing depth of fruit. Balanced and super long. I can't get over the... I love Ornellaia. Amazing aromas of currants blackberries and hints of vanilla cream. Licorice too. Full bodied with soft and velvety tannins and an amazing depth of fruit. Balanced and super long. I can't get over the wonderful texture to this young red. It touches every inch of your palate and caresses it. Leave it for four or five years still but it's hard not to drink.
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2008 Ornellaia continues to blossom in the bottle. Dark cherries chocolate espresso blackberries and mocha are just some of the many notes that explode from the glass. A rich tapestry of licorice tar and camphor notes... The 2008 Ornellaia continues to blossom in the bottle. Dark cherries chocolate espresso blackberries and mocha are just some of the many notes that explode from the glass. A rich tapestry of licorice tar and camphor notes develop in the glass adding considerable complexity. The 2008 is a huge structured Ornellaia endowed with massive structure. It has come together beautifully since the early days when it was a tannic beast. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a spectacular bottle of wine. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.
JJB 94
JJ Buckley, March 2011
Dark ruby/purple core with brilliant intensity. A gorgeous bouquet of tilled earth flowers and blackberry along with fresh pavement and dark chocolate fills the nose. On the palate a powerful entry of blackberry and... Dark ruby/purple core with brilliant intensity. A gorgeous bouquet of tilled earth flowers and blackberry along with fresh pavement and dark chocolate fills the nose. On the palate a powerful entry of blackberry and cassis offers texture that is rather supple expanding nicely to a crescendo of plus concentration of black fruit in the mid-palate. The medium-to-high acidity provides balance for the well-rounded tannins and a kiss of sweet oak spice supports the robust fruit. A lovely wine that hits it on all cylinders with the power and precision to cellar another 10 to 12 years easily.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2008

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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.