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  • ST: 94

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Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 1998

Winemaker's Notes:

The bunches were hand-picked into 15 kg bins, and the fruit was carefully graded and selected on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, After a light crushing, each variety and vineyard block was vinified separately giving birth to a total of 51 different base wines each interpreting the considerable diversity of the Estate’s terroirs.. A week-long fermentation was carried out at 26-30°C in stainless steel, followed by a maceration of 18 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels (70% new and 30% once used). The wine remained in barriques in the temperature controlled cellars of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia for a total period of 18 months. After the first 12 months the master blend was made. The wine was then re-introduced into barrique where it spent the remaining 6 months, followed by 12 months in the bottle prior to release.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,182
4.50 5
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


Member Reviews for Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

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Snooth User: 97mjr
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0.00 5
03/04/2009

great wine


Snooth User: Derek67
32027694
4.00 5
01/07/2009

A very nice and expensive red. Very tight and closed when opened and as black as night. Upon opening three hours later, it was full of dark fruit and had a very distinctive green bell pepper flavor, which I love.


Snooth User: shilocat
11223426
4.00 5
12/26/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A cool and sleek Tuscan red, with tarragon and fresh sage aromas, blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully silky palate of fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very sophisticated and reserved. Best after 2004. 13,330 cases... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1998 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell' Ornellaia 750ml


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Concentrated aromas and flavors of cassis and blackberry are offset by suggestions ofherb, mint and vanilla in this elegantly structured wine, with fine, focused tannins set in a velvety texture ending in a long finish.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/29/2011

WS Top 100 2001, Rank: 1 - A cool and sleek Tuscan red, with tarragon and fresh sage aromas, blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully silky palate of fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very sophisticated and reserved. Be... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 1998 Ornellaia, Tenuta dell Ornellaia 750ml



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The bunches were hand-picked into 15 kg bins, and the fruit was carefully graded and selected on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, After a light crushing, each variety and vineyard block was vinified separately giving birth to a total of 51 different base wines each interpreting the considerable diversity of the Estate’s terroirs.. A week-long fermentation was carried out at 26-30°C in stainless steel, followed by a maceration of 18 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels (70% new and 30% once used). The wine remained in barriques in the temperature controlled cellars of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia for a total period of 18 months. After the first 12 months the master blend was made. The wine was then re-introduced into barrique where it spent the remaining 6 months, followed by 12 months in the bottle prior to release.

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