1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia - 750ml

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1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia The estate's 1997 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) combines the large-framed opulence of the 1999 with the slightly more herbal notes found in the 1998. It is a big plump wine packed with layers of fruit and well-integrated oak showing outstanding length and the telltale note of sweetness on the finish that defines this vintage. Despite its approachable nature today the 1997 appears to have enough structure to drink well for another decade. Both the 1997 Ornellaia and Masseto enjoyed a very strong showing in this tasting. 93/Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is without question one of Italy's blue-chip properties. The gorgeous sprawling estate is located in Bolgheri in Tuscany's Maremma. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a number of the estate's wines with General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and Oenologist Axel Heinz including verticals of the estate's top bottlings Ornellaia and Masseto.Ornellaia is a Bordeaux-inspired blend consisting principally of Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 2003 a small percentage of Petit Verdot was introduced. The use of several varietals gives the winemaking team the luxury of being able to tailor the exact proportion of the blend to the specific strengths of a given vintage. Because the blend tends to vary from year to year in a vertical tasting Ornellaia shows many different facets of its personality.After harvest the varietals are vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration lasts between 25-30 days after which the wines are moved into French oak barrels where they age for 12 months. The wines are then racked and assembled into the final blend which spends an additional six months in barrel prior to being bottled. The percentage of new oak has risen from 50% which was used for vintages 1997 and 1998 to 60% used in 1999 to the 70% the estate has employed since 2000. RP

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Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1997
Rating 97 WS - 93 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location Bolgheri
Producer Ornellaia Tenuta dell
Color Red
Wine Type

Robert Parker

Rating 1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia - 96 pts! Great dark color. Intense aromas of ripe currant, prune, dried fruits and fresh rosemary. Loads of fresh sage and other herbs. Full-bodied, with beautiful tannins. Decadent, yet wonderfully caressing. Fabulous opulence here. Merlot.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases made. WS The estate's 1997 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) combines the large-framed opulence of the 1999 with the slightly more herbal notes found in the 1998. It is a big plump wine packed with layers of fruit and well-integrated oak showing outstanding length and the telltale note of sweetness on the finish that defines this vintage. Despite its approachable nature today the 1997 appears to have enough structure to drink well for another decade. Both the 1997 Ornellaia and Masseto enjoyed a very strong showing in this tasting. 93/Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is without question one of Italy's blue-chip properties. The gorgeous sprawling estate is located in Bolgheri in Tuscany's Maremma. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a number of the estate's wines with General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and Oenologist Axel Heinz including verticals of the estate's top bottlings Ornellaia and Masseto.Ornellaia is a Bordeaux-inspired blend consisting principally of Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 2003 a small percentage of Petit Verdot was introduced. The use of several varietals gives the winemaking team the luxury of being able to tailor the exact proportion of the blend to the specific strengths of a given vintage. Because the blend tends to vary from year to year in a vertical tasting Ornellaia shows many different facets of its personality.After harvest the varietals are vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration lasts between 25-30 days after which the wines are moved into French oak barrels where they age for 12 months. The wines are then racked and assembled into the final blend which spends an additional six months in barrel prior to being bottled. The percentage of new oak has risen from 50% which was used for vintages 1997 and 1998 to 60% used in 1999 to the 70% the estate has employed since 2000. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1997
Rating 97 WS - 93 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location Bolgheri
Producer Ornellaia Tenuta dell
Color Red
Wine Type

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