2004 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 3.0L

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2004 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
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International Wine Cellar | 92

Deep ruby. The initially reticent nose begins with a hint of grass before revealing wonderfully complex notes of raspberry, red and black cherry, leather, tobacco and intriguing minerality. Much more explosive on the palate from the get-go, with deep, ripe red and black fruit flavors given extra lift and complexity by pretty coffee and dark chocolate highlights. The very long, nuanced finish features smooth tannins. A very successful Ornellaia.

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue Online Only

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Wine Advocate | 95

This strong series of 2004s continues with the gorgeous 2004 Ornellaia. A lively dark ruby, it is a vibrant effort bursting with expressive aromatics and layered, well-delineated fruit, showing much purity on the palate and closing with a long, finessed finish. Readers hoping to catch this wine's full array of nuances will have to wait at least another few years as the wine remains quite primary today. This exquisite effort is not to be missed. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 169

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Wine Spectator | 97

Dark ruby-purple in color, with complex aromas of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla, cedar and currant. Full-bodied yet ultrarefined, with dense, seamless, caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 11,710 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 94
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/27/2012
Score: 95
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/08/2012
Score: 96
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/22/2010
Consistent notes. No decant. Rich blood red. The sumptuous fruit comes through on the nose and persists all the way through to the finish. Great balance without any harsh edges. Nice backbone and will age beautifully. Slightly dusty tannins on the long finish. 50+10+9+18+9=96

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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