2009 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Masseto
Merlot - 750ML

  • WE 97
  • IWC 96
  • JS 95
  • WA 94
  • WS 93

Reg: $695.00

$545.00

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Reg: $695.00

$545.00

This product is
out of stock

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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
If you’ve ever wondered what makes this wine so special, the answer is simple: elegance. This shows polished fruit and spice aromas that are intense, balanced and beautifully integrated. The blend is 52% Cabernet... If you’ve ever wondered what makes this wine so special, the answer is simple: elegance. This shows polished fruit and spice aromas that are intense, balanced and beautifully integrated. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The palate is dense, rich, smooth and supple. Drink this after 2018.
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, September 2012
Good full ruby. Superripe pure aromas of blackberry cassis violet minerals milk chocolate and exotic spices. Superconcentrated rich and seamless offering explosive sweetness but also great verve thanks to bright acidity... Good full ruby. Superripe pure aromas of blackberry cassis violet minerals milk chocolate and exotic spices. Superconcentrated rich and seamless offering explosive sweetness but also great verve thanks to bright acidity that provides wonderful lift and clarity to the blackberry blueberry and black cherry flavors. Finishes with ultra-suave tannins and a kaleidoscope of violet and Oriental spice flavors. A very great Masseto from a hot year when I would have expected the merlot to suffer a bit. But unlike in 2003 when it wasn't just hot but dry as well Masseto's unique microclimate allowed the merlot to avoid major stress in 2009. As good and refined as the Ornellaia is in 2009 I think the Masseto has an extra layer of complexity and depth.
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, August 2012
Sexy and muscular. Blackberries licorice and tar on the nose. Bark earth and spice as well. Super subtle. Full-bodied with super chewy tannins and a wonderful line. So beautiful. Creamy tannins. A baby 2001. Try in 2016.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2009 Masseto bursts from the glass with dark red berries blackberries flowers licorice and tar. It shows lovely up-front juiciness and expressive inner perfume in a surprisingly accessible style for this wine. Like... The 2009 Masseto bursts from the glass with dark red berries blackberries flowers licorice and tar. It shows lovely up-front juiciness and expressive inner perfume in a surprisingly accessible style for this wine. Like the Ornellaia the 2009 Masseto has quite a bit of freshness although it too is medium-bodied in structure. In this vintage the Ornellaia team was especially selective and only used part of the three vineyards that typically go into Masseto. I have been fortunate to taste every vintage of Masseto most more than once recently. Masseto has a great track record for aging even in the smallest least promising of vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. 94+ - Antonio Galloni
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2012
An effusive aroma of ripe black cherry announces the seriousness of this red which is concentrated and intense with shadings of plum and spice from the toasty smoky oak. Though broad-shouldered there's a sense of harmony... An effusive aroma of ripe black cherry announces the seriousness of this red which is concentrated and intense with shadings of plum and spice from the toasty smoky oak. Though broad-shouldered there's a sense of harmony followed by an expansive finish. Just a bit brawny on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. -BS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2009

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.