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Masseto Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia X Fc -3 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson. The funny thing is that this wine smells first and foremost<br/>Tuscan rather than like the Bordeaux blend that it is. A good<br/>thing! Very savoury with real tang and I could swear there was some<br/>Sangiovese in here. Zings with life but there is no obvious sweetness at all<br/>(cf its stablemate Masseto). Great, glamorous life and<br/>concentration. The alcohol is very well hidden. Tannins are clearly<br/>there but are all but completely hidden by the ripe but savoury fruit. The<br/>overall balance is definitely helped by the defiantly high acidity. <br/>Delicious young wine that should age beautifully. <br/>(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 06-Dec-2009)

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia:
Production dictated by the nature of the vintage, hand-harvesting only when the grapes are fully ripe, the grapes of the individual vineyards fermented separately, in the respect of a unique and precious terroir. These are just a few of the choices made by Ornellaia, following a philosophy that aims for quality from the beginning. Thanks to the women and men who throw their hearts, heads and so... Read more
Production dictated by the nature of the vintage, hand-harvesting only when the grapes are fully ripe, the grapes of the individual vineyards fermented separately, in the respect of a unique and precious terroir. These are just a few of the choices made by Ornellaia, following a philosophy that aims for quality from the beginning. Thanks to the women and men who throw their hearts, heads and souls into their work year round. The results can be seen, but are even more evident in the glass... Read less

Member Reviews for Masseto Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia X Fc -3

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Snooth User: dmcker
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4.00 5
09/12/2009

Drank at dinner in Tokyo, September 2009, with a Sardinian lamb and chestnut stew, and a cheese plate. The Masseto, which we had second after an excellent Chianti earlier in the meal, was my first experience with the wine. A truly, massively rich and deep merlot, with lots of oak showing. Tuscany does the Right Bank, in spades. Just in process of being released to market. Still has a greenish aspect. Wildflowers, licorice, cherries, hints of leather, rubber, earth and mint. Great balance, clarity, long finish but the oak needs more time to integrate. Very ripe, though with an acidity high enough to counterbalance. I have a lot more I could say about this eye-opening wine, and was most glad to make its acquaintance, but personally would prefer to drink it after it had considerably more age. When I buy some of it (after a careful search for the cheapest, most reliable vendor, since it is very pricey), I fully intend to discipline myself to let it lay for five, ten, fifteen years or more. A very different statement from the winery than their Ornellaia cab blend, which I've had several times before.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,713
4.00 5
10/15/2011

The nose shows black cherry, dark chocolate, undergrowth and dried herbs. On the palate, it was full bodied with sweet red and black fruits, backed by a firm structure with hints of spice and wood. The finish was long with sour cherry. This was a beautiful, seductive tuscan wine that was perfectly balanced and has the stuffing to stand the test of time.


Snooth User: dista23
79950305
3.00 5
10/10/2008

Ok for the money. Much better stuff out there for the price.


Snooth User: braza
6229074
4.50 5
10/27/2010

Cool


External Reviews for Masseto Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia X Fc -3

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/31/2009

The legendary Super Tuscan.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

RP: 97 Points


External Review
05/19/2011

Dark in color, showing loads of dark fruits on the nose, as well as licorice and berries and hints of mint and cedar. Full-bodied, with refined yet chewy tannins and a ripe berry, coffee and chocolate aftertaste. New wood barrels shine through. But it will all come together with bottle age. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2012.


External Review
05/19/2011

Displays beautiful aromas of ripe fruit, with currant, plum and blackberry. This complex and full-bodied Tuscan red has soft, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Shows a deft hand in the winemaking. Best after 2012.


External Review
05/19/2011

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 Sauvginon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009.


External Review
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
01/10/2013

Consistently among Italyandrsquo;s top-scoring wines, this vintage of the celebrated Ornellaia (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a gorgeous expression of the very best of European enology. It delivers extraordinary richness, succulence and intensity, but remains elegant to the end. Aromas include black cherry, spice and dark chocolate. Imported by Folio Fine Wine Partners.


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Deep crimson. The funny thing is that this wine smells first and foremost<br/>Tuscan rather than like the Bordeaux blend that it is. A good<br/>thing! Very savoury with real tang and I could swear there was some<br/>Sangiovese in here. Zings with life but there is no obvious sweetness at all<br/>(cf its stablemate Masseto). Great, glamorous life and<br/>concentration. The alcohol is very well hidden. Tannins are clearly<br/>there but are all but completely hidden by the ripe but savoury fruit. The<br/>overall balance is definitely helped by the defiantly high acidity. <br/>Delicious young wine that should age beautifully. <br/>(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 06-Dec-2009)

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