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1998 Ornellaia - Ornellaia

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  • 93 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
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SKU: 55859-1998-750-3A
  • 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 Tanzer
    Issue: September/October 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A 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: 18

    Blackish 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 bottles
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Made 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: 95

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: wineme.310
  • Anonymous | Rating: 97

    Ah what to say. Almost black. The creamy, velvety, silky texture is indescribable. One can drink this wine forever without feeling tired. Truly amazing
    Drink Dates: 2002-2018
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Dark 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. Excellent
    Author: Brad B.
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Deep 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
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.

See other similar producers:Isole e Olena,Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano

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

  • 1631 bottles owned
  • 306 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 306 collectors)