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1997 Ornellaia Masseto

abv 14.5%
  • 94 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety

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SKU: 53693-1997

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Deep blackish-ruby. Focused, penetrating aromas of caramel, chocolate, plum and vanilla. Round and caressing on the palate, sweet and silky; flavors of plum and raspberry. Offers lovely texture and volume on the back half. Very elegant and very long, finishing with classy tannins. (Kobrand., Inc., New York, NY)
    Author: Daniel Thomases
    Issue: July/August 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The estate's 1997 Masseto has developed beautifully over the last few years. It offers a heady combination of super-ripe fruit intermingled with notes of spices, herbs and tobacco. Full-bodied and vibrant, it comes across as packed with fruit, displaying superb length and a long finish framed by the lingering note of sweetness that defines this warm vintage. Despite its open, luxurious personality, there is plenty of structure underneath to support at least another decade of aging.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: 39086
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Inky color still, with a jammy and smoky nose showing licorice and vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and velvety tannins, it still seems structured, closed and tight. Needs many more years in the bottle. Even better than I originally thought. This is fantastic and shows all the power and class you expect.
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  • 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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    The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to ancient vines that grew wild long before modern times. Sangiovese is the variety of the region's best-known wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. In recent years, “Super Tuscans"—blends including non-native Bordeaux varieties—have gained in popularity and acclaim. The region's Mediterranean climate, with its warmer average temperatures, provides ideal conditions for the development of rich, structured, and age-worthy wines. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 641 bottles owned
    • 118 collectors