2006 Ornellaia Masseto

ITALY / TUSCANY /
  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 99 JS
  • Variety
    Merlot

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SKU: 53693-2006

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A meaty style, this exhibits aromas of iron and cigar box more than fruit. However, this really finds its stride on the palate, offering ripe fruit, hot stone and iron flavors. A more linear red in profile, with ripe cherry, plum and spice notes on the fine aftertaste. Merlot.—Non-blind Masseto vertical (October 2017). Best from 2020 through 2040. 2,660 cases made, 550 cases imported. — BS
    Drink Dates: 2020-2040
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Issue: Web Only - 2018
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The wine that most delighted me at this historic tasting of Tuscany's most iconic wines was the 2006 Masseto. This is a wine of sheer power, bliss, opulence, infinity and sublime seduction. This Merlot-based masterpiece hits all your senses with the grace of a ballerina and the power of a heavyweight. It is steady on its proverbial feet, but it also glides over the palate with a profound sense of elegance, harmony and rhythm. Among the prized vintages of Masseto, including 2001, 2004 and 2007, this edition is my favorite. The wine delivers an extra sense of tightness or firmness at the back that serves to stitch together its fleshy richness and general sumptuousness. The personality is sunny, expansive, articulate and sophisticated. You'll remember that the 2006 vintage is celebrated for the elegance of its wines. In the coastal Bolgheri appellation, it is also remembered for the power of its wines. You get the best of both worlds with this stunning creation: elegance and power. These traits are particularly well suited to the versatile grape variety at the heart of this Tuscan all-rounder. This is a true Renaissance wine.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2040
    Author: Monica Larner
    Issue: Interim - January 2016
  • Vinous | Rating: 99

    The 2006 Masseto remains the greatest wine made at this now iconic Bolgheri estate. When it was young, the 2006 was a powerhouse, but over the last few years a more elegant, restrained side of the wine has begun to emerge. The tannins remain sinewy and intense, but at the same time, there is a purity and overall brightness in the flavors that ensure the 2006 will drink beautifully for another twenty years or so. Sweet floral and spiced notes invite a second taste, and then a third in a wine that captures the pedigree of Merlot and this privileged site on the Tuscan Coast.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2036
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Feb 2015
  • James Suckling | Rating: 99

    This has a special savory character that is fascinating. It shows beautiful aromas of dried fruits, black olives, and brown sugar. Full-bodied with a phenomenal amount of fruit and freshness at the same time. Salty, juicy and fruity. Hard not to drink now. Decant two or three hours before serving. Great potential for aging.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Monday, July 14, 2014
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: RaViCo
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

  • 591 bottles owned
  • 104 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 104 collectors)