1998 Ornellaia - Ornellaia
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(Saturated, bright ruby-red. Great nose offers a full range of aromas) cassis, raspberry, bitter chocolate, licorice, Asian spices. Dense, lush and sweet; a superripe Ornellaia that almost miraculously remains elegant. The raspberry and chocolate character follows through in the mouth. Finishes very fresh, with big, broad, chocolatey tannins and a late note of leather. Turned a bit more tannic with aeration, but this is still a rather feminine style of Ornellaia. This vintage offered perfect conditions, noted Duroux: a hot August, and dry conditions in August and September.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: September/October 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96A cool and sleek Tuscan red, with tarragon and fresh sage aromas, blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully silky palate of fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very sophisticated and reserved. 13,330 cases made.Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Blackish crimson. Very attractive savoury note ? interesting! Sweet start, slightly inky but with real refreshment value and properly integrated cf 1997. The mineral element of the property shines through. 14.5% CS:M:CF 60:35:5 163,000 bottlesAuthor: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93Made in a relatively structured style for the normally succulent Ornellaia, the dense saturated ruby/purple-colored 1998 offers up aromas of pain grille, spice, smoke, black fruits, and graphite. Full-bodied, concentrated, exceptionally pure, and long, it will be at its finest between 2005-2018. Very impressive, but it requires patience.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 95Author: Ronn L
Self | Rating: 97Author: wineme.310
Anonymous | Rating: 97Ah what to say. Almost black. The creamy, velvety, silky texture is indescribable. One can drink this wine forever without feeling tired. Truly amazingDrink Dates: 2002-2018Author: Khaled H
Self | Rating: 95Dark garnet in color with very slight bricking--interesting color. Rich aroma of dried fruit and spice, which carries over into the flavor. Rich wine still retaining some fruit, but with a good structure and soft tannins. ExcellentAuthor: Brad B.
Self | Rating: 95Deep garnet colour; very dark in the core. No sign of bricking at the rim yet. Powerful fruity nose with redcurrant, cassis and blackcurrant; all underpinned with cedar and a hint of green pepper. Medium bodied, good acidity and mouth-cleansing tannins. Real complexity on the palate; cedar, blackcurrant, stewed fruits and an earthiness which evolved into more spicy winter fruit and dark chocolate over the life of the bottle. Superb length in the mid palate and in the powerful rich finish. I think this has years left too. Wow. Amazing.Author: biggsy
Self | Rating:Excellent as usual. starting to melo.Author: Peter B
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. is the variety of the region's best-known wines, 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
- 1631 bottles owned
- 306 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 306 collectors)