2003 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($150; a blend of 67% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot) Deep, saturated ruby. Wonderfully sweet aromas of blackcurrant, violet, smoky plum and milk chocolate, complicated by nuances of graphite and menthol. Thick and powerful in the mouth, with a penetrating sweetness of fruit accentuated by superrich milk chocolate and espresso flavors. Highly polished tannins and sound acidity leave the mouth basking in a creamy, long finish. This is the first vintage in which petit verdot was included in the blend (the fruit comes from the seven-year-old Olivo vineyard), and you can actually pick up its presence, especially on the floral nose.

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 128

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Very opulent, sweet ripe, 'hot' nose. Velvety start to the palate and then the dry tannins kicked in with a little bit of rawness. Lacks the polish of most Ornellaias but certainly dramatic heatwave stuff.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93

The opulent 2003 Ornellaia (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) presents a dramatic contrast to the 2004 in its super-ripe, open nose and jammy dark fruit. Ample and warm on the palate, it is clearly the product of a very hot vintage, yet it shows notable freshness along with much persistence, great overall balance and a lingering note of sweetness on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 169

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Wine Spectator | 92

Subtle aromas of currant, coffee and blackberry, yet rather coarse on the palate just now. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Needs some time to mellow. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. To be released spring 2007. 11,300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/04/2009
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
This was definitely infanticide. Wound up like a steal cable, this wine gave off some leathery notes on the nose. Sinewy in general, with a ton of minerality but very little fruit on the palate. 2 minute finish. Should develop well.
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Author: Barbara C189
Tasted On: 11/08/2007
Drink Dates: 2008-2018

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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