In most fine restaurants, Italian wines take up a good chunk of space on the wine lists. That’s particularly true of Tuscan wines with household names such as Ornellaia that embody the region’s rolling hills and the character of its people.
The desire to nurture the Estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning. Ornellaia is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
“What appeared to be a disadvantage for the 2013 vintage – late budding and flowering – proved to be a major advantage thanks to a warm summer and month of September offering textbook conditions for harvesting, with cool temperatures but a prevalence of sunny weather. This resulted in slow but complete ripening with great balance and a delightful aromatic quality, which we like to define as “Elegance”. Ornellaia 2013, with its dense, vibrant colour, has a nose of splendid aromatic complexity built around a limpid and brilliant fruitiness, underscored by refined spicy and balsamic notes. The mouth develops vibrant and complex fruity nuances framed by a dense, slender structure with tannins that attain a rare harmony between firmness and fleshiness, concluding with a long balanced and fresh finish.” Axel Heinz - May 2015
On the nose, fine aromas of bell pepper, with black cherry and ripe cassis fruit character. Earth, gunpowder and star anise complement its bouquet. On the mouth, this Ornellaia has power, depth and balance with fine tannins. Ready to drink now but it will continue to reveal more within the next two decades. ***** 98/100
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