1997 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 1.5L

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend
1997 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
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International Wine Cellar | 91

Bright, youthful red-ruby. Very ripe, complex aromas of black fruits, violet, exotic spices, licorice and humus. Then hugely full and sweet in the mouth, but with a faint greenness. Finishes with big, slightly rustic tannins-less fine-grained than usual for this estate. A classic wine from a hot year in which the ripening came in a rush.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Exceptionally dark crimson with black tones. Very warm and very Napa Valley ? very ripe. Sweet - advertises hang time. Very easy to drink without food though there are some quite marked tannins on the finish. Very lush but not very terroir driven. A bit jagged and Unknit. 14% CS:M:CF 65:30:5 138,000 bottles (and the second wine Le Serre Nuove was born)

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

Probably the finest (and most sumptuous) Ornellaia yet produced, the 1997 has it all. A dense purple color offers up smoky espresso and jammy black cherry aromas wrapped in new oak. Full-bodied, opulent, thick, and juicy, this low acid, seamless classic can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 130

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Wine Spectator | 96

This Tuscan gem is black in color, with complex aromas of black currants, minerals and wet earth. Full- bodied, with lots of tannins, but very polished. Long, long finish. Super well-made: a great Ornellaia. 11,415 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004+
Author: James Suckling


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Score:
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/03/2014
95 drink 2015-2020 ripe, dark fruit, attractive aroma. Intense.
Score: 95
Author: Fabroni
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/01/2013
Score:
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/01/2012
Drink Dates:
awesome. one of the great Ornellaia. A little more earthy than the 1998.

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Score: 97
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Score: 95
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Ruby with a vibrant rim. Stewed fruit, currant, dust/silt, and must on the nose. Very youthful with a striking finish of licorice and currant. Tannin and acid are perfectly balanced. This can keep for a while.

About This Producer


A premiere estate located in Tuscany's Bolgheri coast, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia produces the renowned Merlot-based blends Masseto, Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove, and Le Volte. The unique microclimate and combination of clay in the soil eventually proved ideal, epitomized by the 2001 Masseto, which garnered 100 points from the Wine Spectator. The pinnacle achievement at Ornellaia, the Masseto has developed a cult following for its limited allocation.

Ornellaia, a Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend which debuted in 1985, is the estate's signature wine. Le Serre Nuove, which requires less aging and displays a more fruit forward style, is something of a "second wine" and joins Le Volte, a Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot blend, as wines at a younger age.


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