1999 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend
1999 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

Full ruby-red. Youthful, perfumed nose hints at cherry, flowers, licorice and lead pencil. Dense, brooding and powerful, with superb depth and clarity of cherry, cassis, mineral and floral flavors. An aristocratic, backward, gripping Ornellaia that finishes with explosive length and building tannins. If the '98 is feminine, this is distinctly masculine. Still an infant.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116

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Jancis Robinson | 18+

Very dark crimson. Minerals and intense ripeness. Very sweet ? black fruits almost ? intensely flattering. A bit more grip and acidity than the 1997 and overall a more satisfying package. Stll youthful but well covered richness to begin with. 14.5% CS:M:CF 65:30:5 160,000 bottles

Drink Dates: 2010-2024
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

The 1999 Ornellaia demonstrates immediately the superiority of the vintage in its dark, blackish color, powerful and expansive nose of cassis, graphite, tar, and Mediterranean herbs, and its rich, concentrated, and deep flavors, sizeable but very supple as well.

Drink Dates: 2005-2022
Author: Daniel Thomases
Issue: 152

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Wine Spectator | 94

Wow. Currants, berries, cherries and minerals, but all subtlety. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Complex wine. However, a significant price hike, which follows the purchase of the estate by the Mondavi and Frescobaldi families, is disappointing. 12,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: Cherog
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 11/15/2011
Score: 94
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/22/2012
Score: 95
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/02/2011
This tasted very young to me. There was a fair amount of sediment and maybe should have been decanted; but it had been resting in one spot for years and stood up for 24 hours. That said- there were big, although fine grained tannins carried through the finish. Smelled of pure cabernet fruit, pencil shavings and cherry. Full-bodied, spicy red and black fruit on the palate. Medium finish. I would like to taste this again in a few years.
Score: 94
Author: sikora398
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/14/2009
Well-structured, earthy, voluptuous wine. Great balance of tannins to fruit, with a predominating core of leather and mild smokiness. Very good effort.

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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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