1999 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia - 750ml

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1999 Tenuta Dell Ornellaia - 95 Pts!
I was blown away by the 1999 Ornellaia. Still fresh and youthful it reveals a powerful authoritative personality in its layers of primary fruit with its opulence beautifully balanced by its big yet polished tannins. Another year or two of bottle age is probably called for but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gorgeous wine. Given its considerable structure it should have no problem aging for another dozen years. In 1999 the blend consisted of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location Bolgheri
Producer Ornellaia Tenuta dell
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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Rating 95 RP - 1999 Tenuta Dell Ornellaia - 95 Pts!I I was blown away by the 1999 Ornellaia. Still fresh and youthful it reveals a powerful authoritative personality in its layers of primary fruit with its opulence beautifully balanced by its big yet polished tannins. Another year or two of bottle age is probably called for but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gorgeous wine. Given its considerable structure it should have no problem aging for another dozen years. In 1999 the blend consisted of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 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
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Location Bolgheri
Producer Ornellaia Tenuta dell
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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