Aug
17

Ornellaia

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A very high profile Super-Tuscan who has a cult like following because of all of its awards & high acclaim.  The 192 acre estate is located in Bolgheri out on the Tuscan Coast with alluvial, volcanic & marine terrain. Starting with the first vintage, 1985, the wines have been world renown “wines of supreme class, lively, refreshing acidity, silky smooth, glossy tannins“.

On this night we tasted the 1998 & 1997 side by side, thanks to our long time friend Tawfig Khoury.

The 1998 was produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot & 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in top caliber French oak barriques (50% new) ) for 18 months and 12 months in bottle before release.

We agreed of the 2 this wine thankfully tasted very Italian.  (For me that was not the case upon release…so the 14 years of bottle age help to resolve the wine’s obvious oakiness in its youth to an integration & a fabulous framing of the wine).  At this point of its life, a distinct earthiness was the first aromas followed by cedar, sandalwood, cigar box nuances, & with a leaner mouthfeel than the 1997.  This wine exuded sophistication & class & just kept opening up with more & more air.

IN comparison the 1997 was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot & 5% Cabernet Franc, also aged in top caliber French oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months and 12 months in bottle before release.

Upon your first taste, it is very apparent this is a super high scoring wine, dazzling, superbly crafted, reminscent of a beautiful black stallion thoroughbred with innate power & class.  I am not sure what kind of scores this wine received from the wine media, but I am sure it was through the roof!  Having said that, not that it matters, I am not sure how Italian this wine tastes though.  Just a small comment.

Categories : Red, Wine, Wines Revisted

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