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1999 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 750ml
1999 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri
Red / Proprietary Blend
1999 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 116

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.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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

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Wine Advocate Author: Daniel Thomases Issue: 152

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

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.

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Community Reviews


Cherog Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 11/15/2011


wineme.310 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 01/22/2012


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.


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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