2002 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2002 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
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International Wine Cellar | 89

($150) Medium-deep red. Very intense flavors of dark plum, asphalt and gunflint, with a touch of herbal smokiness. The wine's fine-grained texture and harmonious acids bring its fruit and mineral flavors into focus, but this is a delicate, restrained version of Ornellaia. Finishes smooth and adequately long. Offers excellent potential in the context of the vintage.

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 128

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Very dark. Good lift on the nose. Very sweet overall ? those black cherries again ? and without quite the structure of the 2001. There?s just a very slight hole on the mid palate ? presumably a vintage deficiency despite the strict selection. Stoniness on the finish. But a noble attempt to include some of the terroir effect. 14.5% CS:M:CF 65:30:5 110,000 bottles

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 92

The estate's 2002s show why Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is one of Italy's premier properties. Those obsessed with points will chase the higher rated 2003s and 2004s, but consumers who buy wines to drink them would do well to consider these 2002s especially given that pricing should be favorable. The 2002s are by no means the equal of the estate's top wines but they will offer useful drinking while the more important vintages reach maturity. The 2002 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is an astoundingly good wine considering the vintage. A vibrant dark ruby/violet, it offers suggestions of herbs, tobacco, earthiness and dark red fruit with excellent length and notable structure. Although it doesn't have the concentration or length of the best vintages, it displays terrific overall balance and is undoubtedly a huge overachiever for which General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and his entire team deserve much credit.

Drink Dates: 2008-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: Italy Report # GX

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Wine Spectator | 90

Aromas of currants, plums and hints of fresh herbs, rosemary in particular. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a subtle, refined finish. Very nice indeed for the vintage. 9,640 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 95
Author: Reed D
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/20/2008
Drink Dates: 2009-2030
Absolutely fantastic wine. Really great vibrancy and length.Great spice and balance. Wish I had more.

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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