1990 Ornellaia - Ornellaia 750ml

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri/ Red / Proprietary Blend   |     Watch

IWC 96   WS 96   WA 92   JR 17.5   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

Good fresh deep red. Knockout nose combines black fruits, tar, mocha and humus. A hugely concentrated, sweet wine with great richness of fruit and extract. The first vintage of Ornellaia to reach 14% alcohol, and it shows in the wine's compelling thickness. Far from the subtlest wine in the range, but ripe acidity and big, sweet tannins give it plenty of verve and grip. Today, I find this wine fresher and a bit more detailed than the estate's 2000. A monumental wine today, but this could still use another four or five years in bottle to reach its peak.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

A decadent red, with loads of tobacco, cherry and meat aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and long rich aftertaste. I have found bottle variation with this wine, but this is superb quality.--1990 Tuscany retrospective. 8,330 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

Another super effort from this producer, Ludvico Antinori's 1990 Ornellaia is a worthy successor to the super 1988. Fat, supple, and loaded with black-cherry and curranty fruit, and a dash of vanillin from new oak barrels, this full-bodied, velvety-textured, opulent wine should drink well for 10-12 years. As good as the Ornellaia is, it is hard to imagine how terrific the single vineyard offering Ornellaia called Masseto must be in 1990. Several of my Italian friends claim it is absolutely brilliant.

Drink Dates: 1994-2006
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 95

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Very dark crimson ? even slightly purple. Doesn'tlook terrifically mature. Very ripe and explosive on the nose. Broad and sweet and very obviously sweet Cabernet. Slightly dusty tannins on the finish. Not unlike a 1990 red bordeaux. Quite mineral. 13% CS:M:CF 82:14:4 78,000 bottles

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/07/2012

Rating: 95
Author: Oenodoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/06/2009
Drink Dates:
Our group did a Tuscan tasting last evening with braised short ribs and beans. The 1990 Ornellaia was the wine of the evening and easily bested the 1994 as well as a couple of smaller producers from the excellent 1997 vintage, a 2002 Massetto and a 1996 Sassicaia. A very delicate wine with great nose, good balance of tannins and fruits, berries and a little licorice, good finish. Excellent wine that really worked well with the food.

Rating: 94
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/18/2011

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

467 bottles owned by 117 collectors.

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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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