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2020 Ornellaia Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling


“Alluring aromas of lead pencil and currants with crushed stone and iodine. Full-bodied with hemmed in tannins that are tight and focused. Very fresh and energetic with wonderful length and intensity for this vintage. Needs four or five years to come together. Better in 2028 and onwards.”



96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck 


“The 2020 Ornellaia is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, raised in 70% new French oak for 18 months, with another 12 months in bottle prior to release. Flush with herbs and menthol, blackberry, and cedar, it is full bodied and fills the sides of the mouth with rounded fruit of luxurious plum, black cherry, and toast, with supple and velvety tannins. Drink 2026-2046.” 



96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2020 Ornellaia is a gorgeous, elegant wine. Seamless and wonderfully deep on the palate, the 2020 is super-refined from the outset. Even with all of its depth, the 2020 retains terrific freshness and cut to play off its soft, succulent fruit. Overall, the 2020 looks to be a relatively accessible Ornellaia that will drink well with minimal cellaring. I especially admire the precision and understated finesse here.”



96 Wine Spectator


“Inviting aromas of blackberry, black currant, anise, cedar, vanilla, and tobacco draw you in to this red, which is sleek and open on the palate. This is so well-balanced, it's approachable now, yet there's a bit of reserve too. The fruit flavors are prominent on the finish, along with mineral and spice notes, while the lasting impression is a salty, flinty element. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2026 through 2045.”



95 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2020 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It opens to an impenetrable, full-bodied approach with dark fruit, pencil shaving, toasted oak, Spanish cedar, campfire ash, and iron ore. For sure, this is an especially concentrated and oak-driven vintage of this iconic wine. It absolutely requires more aging time. It feels quite tight and firm in its youth. The concentration is abundant.” 



2019 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.



97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“A gorgeous wine in every facet, offering a translucent ruby hue as well as a gorgeous bouquet of redcurrants, black cherries, tobacco, dried herbs, and loamy earth. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has remarkable purity as well as depth, spot-on balance, ripe, building, yet perfectly integrated tannins, and a great, great finish. This is a wonderfully complete, balanced, ripe yet elegant Ornellaia that will cruise for 30+ years in cold cellars.”



97 Pointz James Suckling


“The aromas of blackcurrants, fresh basil, and thyme, as well as cedar and sandalwood are so attractive. It’s full-bodied and very linear with tight tannins that draw you down the length of this young wine. Wet-earth and cool-stone undertones. It’s solid and so structured. A classic Ornellaia for the cellar.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2019 Ornellaia is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted here. All the elements are so well-balanced. Dark and racy, with fabulous class and pedigree to burn, the 2019 is superb from the very first taste. Dark plum, mocha, new leather, licorice, and spice build over time, but it is the wine’s stunning finesse that impresses most. The 2019 has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon since the 2002. That very much comes through in the wine’s vibrancy and aromatic presence.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This is a beautiful expression of coastal Tuscany and the sunny Mediterranean. The Ornellaia 2019 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia (a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot) pours from the bottle with a specific darkness that has elements of both inky saturation and ruby highlights. The wine is saturated and rich—this is something you notice off the bat—but it also reveals a pleasing lightness or grace that is transmitted to both the bouquet and the palate. Dark fruit, pressed blackberry and plum mingle with more substantial aromas of spice, leather, and sweetly cured tobacco. The tannins are beautifully managed, and the wine sports considerable heft and density on the palate that drives a very long and pleasurable mouthfeel.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This deeply hued, elegant red has enticing aromas suggesting ripe blackberries, juniper berries, purple flower, and sandalwood. Firmly structured and boasting class and finesse, the palate is still young and austere, offering black cherries, currants, black pepper, and tobacco. Tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity keep balanced.”



96 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“A youthful red, concentrated and balanced, with blackberry, plum, earth, and spice flavors gaining lift from the vibrant structure, while tannins envelop the lively fruit components. The finish is shored up by fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2043. 2000 cases imported.” 



2018 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 50% Merlot (for the first time), 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.



97 Pointz James Suckling


“So aromatic and complex with blackcurrants, blueberries, fresh violets, and lavender on the nose. Some graphite and iodine, too. Medium to full body with firm, chewy tannins that are polished and refined, yet the palate is so long and refined. This is an Ornellaia with strength in elegance.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2018 Ornellaia is an introvert at this stage. Medium in body, with terrific persistence and impeccable balance, the 2018 is not in any mood to show all its cards today. Hints of red berry fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and dried flowers emerge with a bit of coaxing. I won’t be surprised to see it put on weight with more time in bottle. There is certainly plenty to look forward to. Readers should expect a silky, aromatic Ornellaia in line with vintages such as 2004 that are more about finesse than raw power. This is the first time in which Merlot drives the blend in Ornellaia.”



95 Pointz Wine Advocate


“The 2018 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is complete and seamlessly stitched together with extreme care and precision. This is an almost technical blend of Merlot (at 50% of the blend for the first time), 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot that offers a true sense of wholeness and consistency that speaks to the blending expertise and experience of the winemaking team. Finding harmony among the various vinous components of the wine was especially important in this vintage that prized early-ripening grapes like Merlot over the others. Blackberry and dried cherry segue to spice, tar, campfire ash, and more sweet fruit. We're off to a great start, and this vintage of Ornellaia is surely destined to flesh out and grow more complex with age.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Complex, sophisticated, and harmonious, this pure red is marked by black currant, black cherry, cedar, iron, and light spice flavors. Bright and focused, with refined tannins emerging on the spice-tinged finish. Discreet and stylish.”



2017 Ornellaia Reviews



97 Pointz James Suckling


“A big, rich wine for the vintage, yet poised and lively with firm, chewy tannins that give form and intensity to the wine. It shows loads of blackberry, blackcurrant, and walnut flavors. Ripe yet polished tannins.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco, and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb!” 



96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“A beautiful wine offering complex notes of red and black fruits, chocolate, roasted herbs, licorice, and dried earth. This carries to a full-bodied Ornellaia with a rich, concentrated mid-palate, ripe, mouthcoating tannins, and a great finish. It shows the dry, hot vintage yet stays lively and holds onto a sense of elegance. I followed this bottle for multiple days and it only improved with air.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This vintage of Ornellaia is called Solare and represents the 12th edition in the estate's Vendemmia d'Artista series featuring artwork by Tomás Saraceno. His beautiful art depicts a radiant sun halo and is intended as a symbol of sustainability. That theme of sunshine and warmth is particularly well suited to a vintage such as this. The Ornellaia 2017 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is generous and fruit-forward with dense richness and concentration all driven by the smaller and more compact berry size that characterizes this dry, hot growing season. Black and purple fruits segue to spice, tobacco, leather, and some of those beautiful Mediterranean notes of black olive and wild sage. These various moving pieces work together in perfect harmony. The tannins are beautifully managed here. If you consider the more astringent and rougher approach of the mid-tier Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, this wine shows a whole other level of magnificent tannic management that could not have been easy given the diminutive berry size.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Though well-oaked, this features ample black cherry, plum, and loam flavors to match the vanilla and sweet spice elements. Harmonious and accessible at this young stage, but will be better in a few years once the components harmonize. Vibrant and long.”



2016 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot.



98 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“From a great vintage for Bolgheri, the 2016 Ornellaia is a classic blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot that was aged 20 months in 70% new French oak. Its saturated purple color is followed by a deep, beautifully concentrated yet primordial effort that offers serious intensity in its cassis, black cherry, graphite, bay leaf, forest floor, and spring flower aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and multi-dimensional on the palate, it has thrilling purity of fruit, ample tannins, and a great, great finish. This is a tour de force in red wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades.”


98 Pointz James Suckling


“An astoundingly vibrant, powerful, and concentrated Ornellaia that has a wealth of intense dark cherries, mulberries, and plums with hints of espresso, dark cocoa powder, and cedar. The concentrated palate is framed in long, regal tannins that bring focus to the plush, ripe, and fresh black cherries and dark plums. Extremely balanced.”



98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a wine of extreme complexity and precision. It offers monumental depth with profound layers of black fruit, coffee, licorice, and baking chocolate. I tasted this 2016 vintage beside the less-impactful 2015 vintage (which was reviewed last year). These two editions are very different when compared side to side, and this 2016 release is clearly superior in terms of the quality, clarity, and intensity of its offerings. This Ornellaia delivers glossy shine and a polished texture that segues to important richness, concentration, and textural fiber. It wraps thickly over the palate, imparting waves of sweet dark fruit and dark spice that linger for many long minutes. This beautiful wine is hitting the market now, but collectors will want to put it straight into their cellars for safekeeping.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“Just bottled, the 2016 Ornellaia is a dense, powerful wine. Naturally, the 2016 is just at the beginning of its life, but I am struck by how polished the tannins are for such a young wine. Ornellaia is at its best starting around age ten, but there is little doubt the 2016 is a hugely promising wine. Black cherry, chocolate, plum, new leather, and a range of spice notes all build into a veritable crescendo of aromas, flavors, and textures.”



96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Black currant, plum, cedar, lead pencil, and toasty, spicy elements highlight this intense red. Muscular tannins line the extended finish, leaving a peppery impression. The parts are all there but need time to integrate.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Cedar, French oak, and cassis aromas follow over to the vibrant palate along with coconut and dried black cherry. Racy acidity lends energy and youthful tension while firm fine-grained tannins offer elegant support. It’s still young and primary so it give it time to fully develop.”



2015 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot.



98 Pointz James Suckling


“The blackberry and blueberry aromas with fresh sage and bay-leaf character are impressive. Stone, graphite, and mineral undertones. Full-bodied and silky and refined tannins. Dusty. Elegance and polish. Shows greatness in strength and refinement. A dialed-in, dialed-back Ornellaia. Drink in 2022.”



98 Pointz Vinous


“The 2015 Ornellaia is a dream wine with magnificent balance. All the elements are in the right place. In most vintages, Ornellaia needs time to fully come together, but the 2015 is just impeccable, even in the early going. The warm vintage notwithstanding, winemaker Axel Heinz crafted and Ornellaia is more about finesse and power. The potent, bruising tannins Ornellaia can show as a young wine are nowhere to be found. Bright raspberry jam, mint, white flowers, and pomegranate are some of the many notes that punctuate the finish in a memorable Ornellaia that will go down among the great vintages produced at this reference-point estate. Drink through 2040.”



97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The 2015 Ornellaia isn’t far off the 2016 yet shows a much more sexy, sunny, flamboyant style. Terrific notes of sweet black cherries, Asian spices, graphite, wood smoke, mint, and dried tobacco all soar from the glass, and it's complex and nuanced yet still packs serious oomph and intensity. Full-bodied, concentrated, and with a terrific mid-palate, it has beautifully polished tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's already accessible, and I suspect it will continue drinking beautifully for two decades or more. This cuvee saw the same 20 months in 70% new oak and is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum, and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy tobacco edge, and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


“Cedar, French oak, and cassis aromas follow over to the vibrant palate along with coconut and dried black cherry. Racy acidity lends energy and youthful tension while firm fine-grained tannins offer elegant support. It's still young and primary so it give it time to fully develop. Drink 2024–2036.”


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2015 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a dark, exuberant and opulent wine that is teeming with flavor, ripeness and extract. That said, there is also a note of impurity that I only really locked in on when I went back to taste the wine at different time intervals later in the day and the next. To be clear, it was there upon first examination, but then it blew off. And then it came back. That game of hide and seek proved distracting and puzzling. I wondered if it was cork or barrel, although it did not behave like any of those things, and my doubt is recorded by the question mark next to my score. Once you get past that little blemish, you are instantly aware of the beauty and depth of the vintage. The wine is savory in terms of aromas and sweet in terms of tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of dried blackberry, toasted espresso, and cured tobacco play leading roles.”




2014 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and 14% Cabernet Franc. 



95 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“From a cooler, more challenging vintage, the 2014 Ornellaia is nevertheless a beautiful wine. Based on 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 70% new oak, it has classy cassis and black cherry fruits as well as notes of saddle leather, dried flowers, and spicy oak. While it doesn't have the wealth of material found in the 2015 and 2016, it has solid mid-palate depth, beautiful balance, and a great finish.”



95 Pointz James Suckling


“A solid and structured red with tile, dark berry, and black tea character and some cloves, too. Full body, tannic, and rich. Needs time to soften. Well done for a 2014. Ornellaia shows its pedigree here.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“To be released in May 2017, the 2014 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia reverts to a style and personality that we have not seen in a long while. The wine shows a tight, silky, and determined approach that reminds us of the Ornellaias made under the estate's previous ownership with the Marchese Lodovico Antinori in the mid-1990s. More than anything else, this has to do with the very unique characteristics of the 2014 growing season. The wine opens to a beautifully saturated and dark appearance. Thanks to the advanced age of the vines and their extensive root systems, fruit quality was well preserved despite the cool summer and late harvest. The wine shows sweet fruit nuances with blackberry and dark currant. Spice, leather, and tobacco fill in the rear.”



91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


Toast, underbrush, tobacco leaf, and cassis aromas lead the nose. Reflecting the cool wet vintage, the palate is austere and lighter bodied than usual but still elegant, offering raw cherry, pomegranate, licorice, and ground pepper alongside tight close-grained tannins. Give the tannins several more years to unwind.



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Starts out with aromas of black currant and cherry, followed by flavors of herb, tobacco, iron, and spice. Turns dense and tannic in the end. Elegant and complex overall, but this needs to resolve tannins and integrate the oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2025.”  



2013 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.


98 Pointz James Suckling


“Amazing graphite and violet aromas with dark fruits. Medium to full body, ultra-velvety tannins, and a long and beautiful finish. Formed and tight. I love the fresh ginger underneath it all. This has a cool profile to the wine. So approachable yet this has wonderful length.”


96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2013 Ornellaia continues to put on weight with time in bottle. I have tasted the 2013 three times over the last few months and watched it blossom over that time. Fresh, vibrant, and tightly wound, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. There is striking purity to the aromas and flavors, along with plenty of tension and enough energy to reward cellaring.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is an integrated and seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Alex Heinz tells me that 2013 was a difficult vintage especially towards the early part of the growing season. It balanced out during the summer and allowed for steady ripening of fruit before the harvest. But 2013 was not as hot as 2011 and 2012 overall, and this edition of Ornellaia is beautifully tonic and shapely as a result. The bouquet is very developed in terms of aromas this year with beautiful notes of dark fruit, tobacco, and spice. Those perfumes are just gorgeous. The mouthfeel is similarly intense with tannins that are still young, but are already silky and linear in nature. This vintage promises a long aging future.”



95 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“Cassis, blackberries, graphite, toasty oak, and licorice notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, structured 2013 that has beautiful purity and elegance, building tannin, and a great finish.”


93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Vanilla, toast, and smoke notes shade the black cherry and plum aromas, while the spicy oak theme carries over on the palate. A brash style that shows fine balance, but this will require time to find equilibrium.”


91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, this opens with aromas of red currant, fragrant purple flower, and exotic spice. The currant aroma carries over to the austere palate along with cranberry, chopped herb, and French oak. With its backbone of firm acidity and assertive close-grained tannins, it already boasts finesse but will need years to soften and develop. Drink 2021–2028.” 



2012 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.

 


97 Pointz James Suckling


“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.”



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2012 Ornellaia has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it from bottle a few months ago. Rich, powerful, and concentrated, the 2012 offers plenty of depth and intensity, with expressive fruit and striking mid-palate intensity. Dark red cherry jam, wild flowers, licorice, smoke, tobacco, and mint blossom in the glass. There is a very slight element of dryness in the tannin that is the signature of a year in which ripening took place in fits and starts. It will be interesting to see if that note softens over time.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is very similar to the 2011 Ornellaia that precedes it. These were both hot vintages, but 2012 saw the heat towards the end of the growing season. In fact the harvest in 2012 came two weeks earlier than average. This seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Petit Verdot (7%) shows some of the roundness and softness of that summer heat. The wine's density and extraction are spot-on and the bouquet is beautifully shaped by dark cherry nuances with spice, leather, and tobacco at the back. There is a gorgeous sense of richness and plushness here. Some 160,000 bottles were produced. This edition of Ornellaia is more immediate in character and less suited to the decades-long aging that cooler vintages can affront so successfully.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Features complex aromas of dark fruit and spice right out of the gate, with intense flavors of rich black cherry, blueberry, and spice. The firm yet fine tannins add support as this builds to a long finish and aftertaste.”



Bonus Reviews

Italy

92 Pointz Kerin O'Keefe


“Here's a delicious, full-bodied red that manages to be concentrated and weightless at the same time. It opens with aromas of fragrant blue flower, wild berry, and a whiff of espresso. The smooth, almost creamy palate delivers a black cherry core while notes of graphite, clove, ground pepper, and cake spice add depth. It's impeccably balanced, with velvety tannins and just the right amount of freshness.”



2011 Ornellaia Reviews



This wine is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.


97 Pointz Vinous


“Another dark, intense wine, the 2011 Ornellaia boasts superb depth, richness, and power. Here, too, the 2011 has tightened up quite a bit over the last six months. Today, the searing tannins are quite prominent, giving the 2011 an element of gravitas and muscle that argues for cellaring. How long? I am not sure, but the 2011 is built for the long haul. Savory herbs, new leather, menthol, and cloves resonate on the huge finish.”



96 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible

Top 100 Wines of 2014


“A dark, 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.”



94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Fully saturated ruby. Reticent aromas of deep black fruits and spices complemented by menthol, grilled herbs, and vanillin oak. Dense, sweet, and powerful but still quite primary, conveying a distinctly high pitch to its ripe black cherry, violet, and coffee flavors. Finishes saline, tannic, and very long, with impressive muscle and noteworthy medicinal reserve. A huge but very successful Ornellaia that I would have scored even higher had it showed even more length.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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.”



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


“Another impressive effort from the celebrated Ornellaia estate. it opens with aromas of black berries, plum, blue flower and hints of balsamic herbs. The rich palate delivers a core of fleshy black cherry accented with notes of licorice, black pepper and mocha alongside bracing but refined tannins. It's still young so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2016–2031.” 



92 Pointz James Suckling


“A bit of a monster with dark chocolate and cherry fruits. An assertive, bold wine with oak served up in thick slices, topped with slightly jammy cassis and blackberry. Forthright, bold and dense; very showy and boldly engineered.”



Bonus Reviews

Italy

94 Pointz Kerin O'Keefe


“Here's another impressive effort from the celebrated Ornellaia estate. It opens with aromas of black berries, plum, blue flower, and hints of balsamic herbs. The rich palate delivers a core of fleshy black cherry accented with notes of licorice, black pepper, and mocha alongside bracing but refined tannins. It's still young so give this time to fully develop.”



2010 Ornellaia Reviews



98 Pointz Vinous


“How many dinners anywhere start with a wine on a level with the 2010 Ornellaia? I imagine not many. But that’s exactly the way we get going. Super-expressive aromatics soar out of the glass as the 2010 shows off its personality. Sweet herbs, tobacco, licorice, mocha and tar wrap around a core of intense dark fruit. Racy, powerful, and majestic, the 2010 is a total stunner.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Poured from the special anniversary bottle, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it. What stands out is the absolutely seamless-seamless-seamless (yes, it's worth repeating three times) integration of its many moving parts. The wine magically transitions from cherry, spice, chocolate, and espresso in one melodic and continuous loop. It exudes balance and elegance over long, delicious minutes. It is profoundly impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. Of all the grapevines planted on the Ornellaia estate, the 2010 vintage showed best results with Merlot, says Leonardo Raspini. Because the harvest was later than usual, the early-ripening grape enjoyed a slow and steady evolution.”



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection 

Wine Enthusiast Best of 2014


“The 2010 Ornellaia celebrates the wine’s 25th anniversary, and it could not have been a more spectacular vintage. It opens with aromas of crushed blue flowers, black berries, pipe tobacco, and thyme that give way to an elegant, structured, and polished palate. It delivers intense blackberry flavors layered with white pepper, Mediterranean herbs, mineral, and mocha brightened by fresh acidity alongside smooth, velvety tannins. This will age and develop for decades.”



95 Pointz James Suckling


“A wine with a wonderful depth of berry, chocolate, and hazelnut character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a round and delicious finish. Fruit-forward and exuberant. More in your face fruit to this wine than in many past vintages. Enticing all the same. This comes in a special bottle commemorating the anniversary of the wine being on the market.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“A muscular, impenetrable red, with tightly wound tannins guiding the black cherry, plum, herb, soy, and oak spice flavors. Monolithic today, this needs time to find equilibrium.”



2009 Ornellaia Reviews



This wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather, and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible.”



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection 

Best of Year 2013


“If you’ve ever wondered what makes this wine so special, the answer is simple: elegance. This shows polished fruit and spice aromas that are intense, balanced, and beautifully integrated. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The palate is dense, rich, smooth, and supple.”



96 Pointz James Suckling


“Subtle and complex with sweet tobacco and chocolate. Tar too. It's full-bodied, with racy tannins and a long finish. So fine.”



94 Pointz Vinous


“Deep ruby-red. Multidimensional aromas of blackberry, iron, Oriental spices, and cedar. Very intensely flavored and suave, with a wonderfully silky texture over a firm underlying structure. A hint of eucalyptus provides lift on the extremely long finish, which features building tannins and a violet nuance. This is a remarkably suave Ornellaia, but it seems a little less concentrated than usual and comes across as almost too polished. Maybe all it needs is a little time to put on more weight and develop greater complexity.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“Very aromatic, featuring floral and leafy black currant scents that follow through to plum, iron, and tar flavors. Bordeaux-like with a supple texture, yet also firmly structured, offering herb and spice notes on the finish.”



2008 Ornellaia Reviews



97 Pointz James Suckling


“Impressive nose of dark truffles, milk chocolate, and blackberries. Full-bodied, with lots of licorice and blackberries and truffles. Very long and intense. Goes on for minutes. This is amazing and firm, with a racy character.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2008 Ornellaia continues to blossom in the bottle. Dark cherries, chocolate, espresso, blackberries, and mocha are just some of the many notes that explode from the glass. A rich tapestry of licorice, tar, and camphor notes develop in the glass, adding considerable complexity. The 2008 is a huge, structured Ornellaia endowed with massive structure. It has come together beautifully since the early days when it was a tannic beast. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a spectacular bottle of wine. This is a fabulous showing.”



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“The 2008 Ornellaia delivers concentrated aromas of forest fruit, raspberry, and black cherry. There are beautiful elements of soft spice and chocolate at the back and the wine ends with soft, plush tannins and smooth, berry-rich flavors.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“Pure flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and coffee are enmeshed in the dense texture of this red, which is polished and beautifully balanced, in an international style, with fine length.”




2007 Ornellaia Reviews



99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

Wine Enthusiast Best of 2011


“The 2007 Ornellaia is a masterpiece blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a tiny element of Petit Verdot. The intensity and purity are outstanding and the wine delivers beautiful notes of chocolate, black cherry, leather, cedar, and spice. It's a big, modern expression that closes long with luscious softness and opulent fruit. Hold 10 years or more.”



98 Pointz James Suckling


“This has fascinating aromas of seaweed, oak, iodine, rosemary, and currants. A subtle wine at first, but then it takes off. A phenomenal wine that is full-bodied, tight, then hits you with mint, berries, currants, and minerals. Pure class.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2007 Ornellaia is a wine of texture above all else. What the 2007 lacks in aromatic intensity it more than makes up for with its sumptuous, generous personality. Silky and inviting, with soft contours and seemingly endless layers of dark red-fleshed fruit, the 2007 is absolutely delicious today.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“A wine that does everything right and puts it all in beautiful balance. Full-bodied, yet reserved, silky and elegant, with wonderful fruit and friendly tannins.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2007 Ornellaia is remarkably open and accessible, very much in keeping with the personality of the vintage. Clean, minerally notes frame a core of silky, perfumed dark fruit, mocha, spices, licorice, grilled herbs, and leather that impresses for its exceptional length. Tasted next to the 2007 Le Serre Nuove, the 2007 Ornellaia shows more muscle (from a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon), but in terms of pure quality, the wines are very close. The 2007 is not a big, massive Ornellaia, but rather a wine built on elegance and finesse, both of which are on full display. The 2007 should drink well with a minimum of cellaring, but whether it will make old bones remains a question mark at this time. The 2007 Ornellaia is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.  Anticipated maturity:2012-2022.” 




2006 Ornellaia Reviews



This wine Is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.



98 Pointz James Suckling


“This is a sensational Ornellaia displaying beautiful blackberry, dark-chocolate, light vanilla, and walnut character. It's full-bodied, very refined, and silky with a long and caressing finish. Just starting to open now. Very classy wine.”



98 Pointz Vinous


“A towering, vivid wine, the 2006 Ornellaia bristles with power, depth, and intensity. Broad swaths of tannin support the vibrant, youthful flavors in a captivating, breathtaking wine of the highest level. From magnum, the 2006 is an infant. Those lucky enough to own it are in for a treat.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2006 Ornellaia (magnum) is a massive, towering masterpiece. There is awesome depth and richness to be found in the glass. Flowers, minerals, tar smoke, and dark fruit are all woven in an intricate fabric of almost indescribable elegance and power. Tonight the 2006 Ornellaia is absolutely moving in its beauty and expressiveness. Vintage 2006 will go down as one of the all-time greats in Tuscany, and Bolgheri in particular, as all of that region’s benchmark wines are spectacular. The 2006 shows the intensity of the small berries that were harvested that year, with exceptional concentration, acidity, and freshness, qualities that are precious and exceedingly rare when they are found in a single wine. In 2006 the final blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Simply put, the 2006 Ornellaia is a must-have bottle.”



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

Wine Enthusiast Best of 2010


“Consistently among Italy’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.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“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.”



2005 Ornellaia Reviews



95 Pointz James Suckling


“Still very young. Shows complex aromas of ripe fruit, blackberries, plums and currants. Polished, with soft tannins, a full body, and a very long finish.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“Displays beautiful aromas of ripe fruit, with currant, plum, and blackberry. Complex and full-bodied, with soft, polished tannins and a long, long finish. This shows a deft hand in the winemaking.”



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2005 Ornellaia opens with striking, compelling aromatics that draw the taster in. Still deep, rich, and intense throughout, the 2005 has held up beautifully. Sweet herbs, tobacco, spices, sage, and plums add shades of dimension to a core of super-ripe, exotic fruit that is one of the vestiges of a late-ripening vintage in which the fruit was allowed to hang until the very end. The 2005 remains an infant. It should drink well for another 15+ years.”




93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


The medium-bodied 2005 Ornellaia shows plenty of delineation in its dark cherry, blueberries, spices, minerals, and crushed rocks. The 2005 doesn't have the detail of the 2004 or the richness of the 2006, but it does offer notable finesse and clarity in an understated style for this wine. My impression is that this will be a relatively early-maturing wine vintage of Ornellaia, which is not a bad thing, considering the age-worthiness of the two vintages which surround it. In 2005 Ornellaia is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Fran, and 4% Petit Verdot. It is a big success in the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.”   



2004 Ornellaia Reviews



98 Pointz Vinous


“Silky, perfumed, and polished, the 2004 Ornellaia is a fabulous example of the vintage. From magnum, the 2004 is exceptionally youthful and super-finessed, with expressive, floral aromatics and layers of finely-knit fruit. What else can I say? The 2004 is tremendous.”



98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This is a hopelessly gorgeous wine with so much energy, intensity, density, and good cheer. The superb ensemble—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot—delivers chocolate fudge, ripe cherry, rhubarb, cola, tobacco, and cedar wood. It’s tight and supple, with seamless harmony and excellent succulence on the finish. But it’s that incredible intensity that truly sets this wine apart.”




97 Pointz Wine Spectator

 Collectible

Ranked #7 in Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2007


“Dark ruby-purple in color, with complex aromas of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla, cedar, and currant. Full-bodied yet ultra-refined, with dense, seamless, caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb.”



96 Pointz James Suckling


“This is a really balanced and beautiful year with chocolate, currant, and walnut character. Medium body and fine and silky tannins. Shows autumnal and light mushroom undertones. Just moving into its maturity. A warm yet fresh vintage. Ready to drink.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2004 Ornellaia (magnum) has always been a beautiful wine, but stylistically it stands out quite a bit from other vintages of this era, something that is particularly evident in this tasting. The 2004 is perhaps the most delicate, feminine Ornellaia ever made. Silky tannins frame a perfumed core of ripe fruit all the way through to the sublime finish. The wine’s inner fragrance, sweetness, and balance are all impeccable. The 2004 remains one of my all-time favorite Ornellaias, and it is firing on all cylinders on this night.”



93 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Closed at first behind a wall of tannins, 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% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and lesser amounts of Cabernet France and Petit Verdot, the 2004 is a classic vintage of Ornellaia. Cellar this and watch it develop over the next 10-20 years.” 



2003 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2003 Ornellaia (magnum) is another impressive wine. Owing to the heat of the vintage, this is an especially ripe, opulent Ornellaia. The blend contains a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc and less Merlot than is the norm, which helps preserve a measure of freshness. It is also the first vintage where Petit Verdot is part of the blend. Dark, jammy fruit is nicely balanced by a vein of minerality that gives the wine clarity and length, yet the tannins are a touch less finessed than in the finest years, which is consistent with the quality of the vintage. The final blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, aged a total of 18 months in French oak, 70% new. This is without question a very impressive 2003.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“Deep, saturated ruby. Wonderfully sweet aromas of blackcurrant, violet, smoky plum, and milk chocolate, complicated by nuances of graphite and menthol. Thick and powerful in the mouth, with a penetrating sweetness of fruit accentuated by superrich milk chocolate and espresso flavors. Highly polished tannins and sound acidity leave the mouth basking in a creamy, long finish. This is the first vintage in which petit verdot was included in the blend (the fruit comes from the seven-year-old Olivo vineyard), and you can actually pick up its presence, especially on the floral nose.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Subtle aromas of currant, coffee, and blackberry, yet rather coarse on the palate just now. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Needs some time to mellow.”




2002 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.



92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2002 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot) is an astoundingly good wine considering the vintage. A vibrant dark ruby/violet, it offers suggestions of herbs, tobacco, earthiness, and dark red fruit with excellent length and notable structure. Although it doesn’t have the concentration or length of the best vintages, it displays terrific overall balance and is undoubtedly a huge overachiever for which General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and his entire team deserve much credit. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2002 Ornellaia (magnum) is a modern-day equivalent of the 1994, which is to say a very pretty wine where all of the elements are beautifully-balanced within the context of small vintage. Still, the wine’s sheer concentration and sense of harmony are truly remarkable, especially considering the cool, rainy conditions that affected Tuscany that year. In the magnum format, the 2002 Ornellaia is particularly impressive. There can be little doubt that much of this wine’s success, as well as that of the other lesser vintages that followed in this flight (2003 and 2005) can be attributed to the stringent selection of fruit and wine that the estate introduced in the late 1990s. In 2002 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The component wines spent six months in French oak, 70% new. The final blend was assembled and the wine was racked back into barrique for a further six months of aging prior to being bottled.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Aromas of currants, plums, and hints of fresh herbs, rosemary in particular. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a subtle, refined finish. Very nice indeed for the vintage.”



2001 Ornellaia Reviews



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2001 Ornellaia is easily the finest in the history of the estate, warm and spicy on the nose with superbly focused plum and black currant fruit, much complexity and elegance in its concentrated and supple body, and a velvety, enveloping close.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2001 Ornellaia is deep, unctuous, and very ripe, with plenty of dark stone fruit, mocha, chocolate, licorice, black cherry, and plum flavors. Exotic, rich, and decidedly flamboyant, the 2001 is at its peak, where it is likely to remain for a number of years.”



95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Thomas Duroux, a Bordelais with an Italian mother, came to Ornellaia from Mondavi's frustrated project in the Languedoc. The 2001 was his first complete vintage at the estate, and the energy he poured into perfecting this wine seems to have magnified the greatness of the vintage. When first opened, the classic Bordeaux varieties in this blend take prominence, making it seem like a self-consciously fine wine, sumptuous and international in its sheen. Michel Rolland is a consultant for the estate, and that gloss is a signature of his wines, especially when it hides a taste of the soil underneath. In Ornellaia, that soil character builds to an extremely long flavor of earthy tannin, lasting along with the fatness of the tart black cherry flavor: a brisk ripeness that seems to contradict itself. Taste it a day later and the wine is explosive, a powerhouse with Tuscany written all over it, structured like an ancient tower of stone.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectible


“Incredible class here, with ultrafine tannins and layers of currants, berries, and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied, yet all in harmony and beauty. Beautifully sculptured. Excellent length.”



94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Saturated ruby-red. Flamboyant, upfront aromas of black- and redcurrant, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, mocha, and violet pastille. Big, rich, sweet, and deep, with superripe, distinctly Mediterranean flavors of blueberry, strawberry, and chocolate, kept fresh by sound acidity. Conveys an impression of powerful extract. Finishes with superb, noble tannins and mounting flavors of red fruits, licorice, and chocolate. This extremely young wine's solid structure is currently hidden by its sheer chewy sweetness of fruit.”



2000 Ornellaia Reviews


This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 



94 Pointz Vinous


“(60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 15% cabernet franc) Very dark ruby with a purplish core. Red and black fruits mingle with spicy clove on the nose, followed by raspberry jam, chocolate, and cinnamon on the palate. Even fresher and more delineated than the 1999 bottling, with superb focus and concentration. Very ripe tannins envelop the back end, which is underscored by a distinct mineral component and a hint of bell pepper. Succulent and classy at the same time.”


94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Deep and delicious, with an earth-driven nose that conveys quality. Chunky plum pervades the chewy, dark palate, which offers a gorgeous mouthfeel and admirable depth. Only on the finish do you get a slight hint of oak. Overall it’s entirely solid and very likable, but as good as it is, it’s not quite on the level of the ’98 or ’99, which were amazing.”


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2000 Ornellaia (magnum) is a pretty, well-balanced offering with good concentration and complexity. The 2000 lacks some of the visceral thrill of top vintages, but it is an excellent choice for near-term drinking. In 2000 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (70% new) and was lightly fined prior to being bottled.”



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Very ripe nose offers roasted meat, smoke, tobacco, underbrush and mint. Superripe, silky, and lush, with a slightly roasted fruit character. Not a hugely complex or deep vintage for Ornellaia, and likely to evolve relatively quickly, but the wine's uncommonly lush, velvety texture is more than worth the price of admission. Strong cherry fruit emerged with aeration. Almost California-like in its opulence and early appeal. Finishes with big but ripe tannins that are finer than those of the '97.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Lots of currant and spice, with hints of fresh herb. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a pretty balance. Delicate finish. Slightly austere. Give it time. A slightly held-back style for Ornellaia.”


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