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Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

Resulting from a vintage during which Merlot ripened perfectly, the 2004 Masseto displays great aromatic complexity, with the typical prune and black cherry aromas coupled with floral overtones and subtle oak. On the palate the richness of the ripe fruit is supported by a tightly woven, ample tannic structure and fresh acidity. The balance between opulence, power and elegance makes it a classic expression of its terroir, unique to both Bolgheri and Tuscany.

Editorial Reviews for Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,766
4.00 5
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


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External Reviews for Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
08/30/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Pretty, well-made wine offering cassis and herb aromas and flavors; medium in body and tannins followed by a silky finish. Drinkable now but better in 1996.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Medium body and acid. Medium fruit, oak and tannin. Green vegetables, cherries, brown spices, pipe tobacco. Simple fruit with strong greenish nuances is balanced with ample tannins.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Wow. Currants, berries, cherries and minerals, but all subtlety. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Complex wine. However, a significant price hike, which follows the purchase of the estate by the Mondavi and Frescobaldi families, is disappointing. Best after 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This Tuscan gem is black in color, with complex aromas of black currants, minerals and wet earth. Full-bodied, with lots of tannins, but very polished. Long, long finish. Super well-made - a great Ornellaia. Best after 2004.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 1999 Ornellaia demonstrates immediately the superiority of the vintage in dark, blackish color, powerful and expansive nose of cassis, graphite, tar, and Mediterranean herbs, and its rich, concentrated, and deep flavors, sizeable but very supple as well. Drink 2005-2022.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/17/2012

Closed at first behind a wall of tannin, this needs several hours to reveal its full potential. While those tannins remain strong, the flavor of the fruit - perfectly ripened to flavors of fig and black cherries during a long, even growing season - is what powers the wine. Elegantly composed of 60 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot and lesser amounts of franc and petit verdot, the 2004 is a classic vintage of Ornellaia. Cellar this and watch it develop over the next 10 to 20 years.


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Resulting from a vintage during which Merlot ripened perfectly, the 2004 Masseto displays great aromatic complexity, with the typical prune and black cherry aromas coupled with floral overtones and subtle oak. On the palate the richness of the ripe fruit is supported by a tightly woven, ample tannic structure and fresh acidity. The balance between opulence, power and elegance makes it a classic expression of its terroir, unique to both Bolgheri and Tuscany.

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