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Ornellaia 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2011 Poggio alle Gazze is the most gorgeous version of this wine I have tasted in some years since this wine was re-introduced commercially in 2008. Intensely varietal, the 2011 is vivid and wonderfully alive in the glass. Sage, tomato leaf, crushed rocks and peaches all meld together in a wine of exceptional class. Over time, the generous quality of the vintage comes through as the wine fleshes out beautifully. The 2011 includes a dollop of Viognier. The coast of Tuscany is hardly the ideal place to make aromatic whites, but Ornellaia has done a fabulous job with their Poggio alle Gazze...91" Antonio Galloni 8/13

Editorial Reviews for Ornellaia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 09/22/2008

From the first official tasting outside of the estate. The nose begins with oak, toast, and sugar notes though they are moderate in intensity and are joined by a floral note, cassis fruit, cedar as well as tar, asphalt, smoke, molasses, and gingersnaps. In the mouth the wine offers up a seamless, medium bodied imoression that features refined tannins, nuanced oak, hard blackberry candy fruit, a bit of bitterness that cuts the finish short. Needs time to integrate, at this point the nose is better than the palate. 2008-2010


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/22/2008

Blueberries pop on the nose and the alcohol is well integrated. This offers up some obvious leafy cassis in a decidedly cool, greenish nose that has well integrated cedary oak, a fleshy tone an building notes of smoke and char. In the mouth this has a rich feel with lovely fresh structure obvious tannin and integrated acidity. Frontloaded with dark baking spices over which is a top note of Cab Franc mintiness. This is awfully young and while richly fruited it is loaded with aggressive tanins which clamp down on the finish. Leave it be. 2012-2020


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 09/22/2008

A bit of bottle stink greats the nose folowd by a leather nose with hints of eucalyptus, earth, lead pencil shavings, some soft red bell pepper and a hint of brett. Cool mulberry fruit and tobacco creep into the nose. Round and rich in the mouth showing early maturity with soft tannins and gentle acidity. Quite minty up front with a core of ripe fruit that looses steam on the mid-palate before drying somewhat on the finish. This may improve slightly with time but, again, has a better nose than palate and seems restrained new worldy. 2008-2014


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.50 5
Vintage: 1998 12/29/2008

Intensely aromatic with layers of coffee, roasted chili, olive, and black fruits that continue to evolve all night. Still a baby in the mouth with a big, muscular feel. The tannins are polished yet abundant, the fruit is dark and rich, bordering on sweet especially with the sweet wood tones. There is a coffee cream note to the mid-palate then a bif creme de cassis note takes over on the back end and leads to the finish with it's spice, mineral and olive tones. It's a lot of wine and while not exactly my style is certainly enjoyable and that goes for amateurs as well! 2008-2016 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.00 5
Vintage: 1995 09/22/2008

The nose strikes as deep and clean if a bit odd with hints of melting crayon and wet canvas. The alcohol is a touch obvious but the aromatics are intriguing with subtle notes of green herb, green pepper, green cardamom framing the cool red fruits. There is a touch of charcoal and wood spice but it is well integrated. Focused and crisp in the mouth with a lean, sinewy feel to the black curranty fruit which really shows through on the finish, which true to style remains austere. This is on its plateau and is probably as good as it's gonna get.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.00 5
Vintage: 1988 09/22/2008

Tight, steely, mineral nose that sets this apart from younger versions. Still retains black currant fruit but all the other elements, slatiness and a strong tobacco note gives this a more than passing resemblance to a fine Graves. A bit of cheesiness reveals it age. This offer a nice, soft resolved entry with lovely tea notes up front building towards a bright cassis midpalate which is a bit compressed on the top. Still taut, cool , yet balanced. Drink em up 2008-2012


Member Reviews for Ornellaia

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Snooth User: mberzell
144673559
4.50 5
03/14/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/24/2013

Pretty nose of red and black berry. Leans dark red and has some nice floral aromas. Rich and elegant structure with flavors of red cherry, flowers, mint, licorice and has nice freshness and structure. Firm tannin. Tasty blend! 90 pts. 12/8/12


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/01/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/30/2012

Awesome! 98 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: Supersnobs
1018695144
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/15/2012

Een leuk detail is dat de Serre Nuove per ongeluk is ontstaan bij het produceren van de super Ornellaia. Er werd een blend gemaakt om de keuze voor de juiste houten vaten te kunnen maken om de Ornellaia in te kunnen laten rijpen. Dit bleek van dermate hoge kwaliteit te zijn dat de heren van Ornellaia besloten het op de markt te brengen als Le Serre Nuove. De kleur van deze wijn is intens donker rood met duidelijke paarse tonen en komt enorm geconcentreerd over. In de neus profileert hij zich als krachtig en intens. Veel compact donker fruit wordt fraai gecombineerd met een mooie kruidigheid. Naast de bosbes herkennen we de geur als, ietsje aards, jammig, leer. De mooie verwovenheid van de houttoon met koffie, kaneel en chocolade geeft de wijn een complex karakter. In de mond herkennen we weer veel donker fruit en een enorme geconcentreerdheid. Het alcohol komt wat fors over. De subtiele zuren zijn heel mooi in balans met de smaakintensiteit van de wijn. De afdronk is krachtig en enorm lang te noemen. Heerlijk. Je kunt hier wel een tijdje van nagenieten. 91/100 Supersnobs.nl


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/30/2012

Opulent and rich. A very nice wine. - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: pshillis
9857933
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/30/2011

The 2008 Ornellaia has really come together beautifully over the last few months. Up until fairly recently it was a tightly wound, inaccessible wine, but it has begun to blossom quite nicely. The 2008 is a cool, inward Ornellaia graced with exquisite finesse in its dark fruit, mocha, licorice, tar and spices. I especially like the minerality and focus. There is a fabulous balance between the tannins of this structured, powerful vintage, but with gorgeous fleshiness and pliancy that makes the wine very attractive, even at this early stage. It will be fascinating to watch the 2008 develop over the coming years and decades. The 2008 growing season was marked by a rainy, wet spring which resulted in an irregular flowering and naturally low yields. The summer was hot, but temperatures cooled towards the end of the summer, particularly at night, so important for the development of color, aromatics and full phenolic ripeness in varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a big, massively structured Ornellaia built for the cellar. In 2008 the blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2008 Ornellaia spent about 20 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. Score - 96+.


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External Reviews for Ornellaia

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/18/2014

The 2011 Le Serre Nuove is striking for its beauty and symmetry. Some vintages of Le Serre Nuove are open and radiant others are more structured. The 2011 seems to bring together elements of both in a wine of superb pedigree and pure class. Mocha dark raspberries tobacco and grilled herbs all flesh out on the inviting vivid finish. Today the 2011 is absolutely singing and points to a spectacular vintage at Tenuta dell Ornellaia. This is impressive juice. In 2011 the blend is 57% Merlot 17%


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/03/2014

The estate s 2011 Masseto overtakes the senses with waves of fruit. A rich super-ripe jammy wine the 2011 is explosive full-bodied and intense from start to finish. It will be interesting to see how the 2011 develops once it goes into bottle but my impression is that will always be a flashy extroverted wine. Antonio Galloni.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The 2011 Le Volte dell Ornellaia is juicy expressive and radiant in this vintage. Sweet dark cherries flowers tobacco and mint all flesh out in a wine that impresses for its harmony and supple gracious personality. At times Le Volte has been a bit different in style than the rest of the wines here but the 2011 is quite similar to the rest of the range. In 2011 Le Volte is 50% Merlot 30% Sangiovese and 20% other grapes. Antonio Galloni.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/18/2014

A gorgeous wine the 2011 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuovo dell-Ornellaia (57% Merlot 17% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Franc) opens with an inky dark almost impenetrable appearance and beautifully chiseled - but abundantly intense - aromas of blackberry dried cherry rum cake leather moist pipe tobacco and chewy black licorice. The balance and harmony are seductive and impressive and the wine lasts many long seconds on the palate. Noticeable tannic backbone gives us ho


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

The 2011 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia lives up to the legacy of this important wine, thanks to its extreme intensity and its skillfully crafted bouquet. The excellent quality of fruit stands clear, despite the heat of the vintage, with pristine notes of dark cherry, exotic spice and chocolate. This expression of Ornellaia is composed of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The results are nothing short of exuberant and this vintage will reward both those who decided to drink it early, as well as those who have the patience to wait. The only slight ruffle in this otherwise gorgeous presentation is the 2011 tannin that feels a touch aggressive. For that reason, its probably better to put the wine aside in your cellar.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

A dense muscular style packed with black cherry plum and spice flavors. Stays fresh with focused acidity and balanced tannins. Merlot Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2022.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/17/2014

A dark and inky red, featuring violet, black currant, cedar, sandalwood and iron aromas and flavors. Nonetheless, this comes across as elegant, even as the tannins prove formidable on the finish. A terrific young wine in the making. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2035.


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"The 2011 Poggio alle Gazze is the most gorgeous version of this wine I have tasted in some years since this wine was re-introduced commercially in 2008. Intensely varietal, the 2011 is vivid and wonderfully alive in the glass. Sage, tomato leaf, crushed rocks and peaches all meld together in a wine of exceptional class. Over time, the generous quality of the vintage comes through as the wine fleshes out beautifully. The 2011 includes a dollop of Viognier. The coast of Tuscany is hardly the ideal place to make aromatic whites, but Ornellaia has done a fabulous job with their Poggio alle Gazze...91" Antonio Galloni 8/13

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