97 Points, James Suckling

REVIEWS

A tight and silky red with compacted fruit and tannin texture featuring blackcurrant, mushroom and bark undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a minerally finish. Excellent structure and mouthfeel. A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018."- James Sucklng, 97 Points

"…. one of the - if not THE - showcase wine estates in Tuscany." #3 Most Collectible Tuscan Wine, - James Suckling

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Tuscany, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)

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The resounding success of this Cabernet-based Super Tuscan since its first release in 1985 literally put the SuperTuscan wines - and the Bolgheri region - on the international collectible wine map. Since then, Ornellaia's track record is stunning - the #1 wine on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list of 2001, it was also one of the Top 10 wines of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 on two other occasions - in 2000 and 2007.

James Suckling, who has been covering the rise of Ornellaia more closely than any other American wine critic, describes why Ornellaia is his #3 Most Collectible Tuscan Wine:

"I love the power and finesse of the Ornellaia. It's a wine that remains classic in style and structure, but with a sexy streak to it. The wine ages wonderfully as well. That's why it is my No. 3 Most Collectible Tuscan Wine."

This is one of those rare wines that catches every critic's attention. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate consistently rates Ornellaia 95 Points or higher.

TASTING NOTES 

Winemaker's Notes
The 2012 growing season was characterised by an abundance of sunny, dry weather; some rain did fall as well, but it occurred in just the right periods, before the harvest, and helped the vines to cope with the hot, dry conditions. The result was an even, consistent ripening process that in the end yielded generous, full-volumed wines that are remarkably appealing and seductive, with an overall character that we like to define with the word Incanto (‘Enchantment'). Ornellaia 2012 appears a deep ruby, and a remarkably beguiling bouquet boasts rich fruit and spices notes. The palate shows well rounded,full, and generous, with glossy tannins and a complete absence of any roughness. The 2012 lacks none of theproverbial concentration that distinguishes Ornellaia's great vintages, but this vintage adroitly masks that richness behindan expansive, magisterial structure, then concludes with a near-endless finish.

Composition: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 27% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc - 7% Petit Verdot

THE STORY TO KNOW

In 1981, Marchese Lodovico Antinori breathed new life into Tenuta dell' Ornellaia, an estate whose potential had been ignored for decades. With the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the famous agronomist, Antinori planted the first French vines in Bolgheri, which lies in the heart of Tuscany's coastal region, Maremma. The estate yields some of the finest Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in Tuscany. In 2002, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi became owners of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, which is now owned exclusively by Marchesi de' Frescobaldi.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with a well marbled steak.