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A tight and silky red with compacted fruit and tannin texture featuring blackcurrant, mushroom and bark undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a minerally finish. Excellent structure and mouthfeel. A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018.
The 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is very similar to the 2011 Ornellaia that precedes it. These were both hot vintages, but 2012 saw the heat towards the end of the growing season. In fact the harvest in 2012 came two weeks earlier than average. This seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (7%) shows some of the roundness and softness of that summer heat. The wine's density and extraction are spot-on and the bouquet is beautifully shaped by dark cherry nuances with spice, leather and tobacco at the back. There is a gorgeous sense of richness and plushness here. Some 160,000 bottles were produced. This edition of Ornellaia is more immediate in character and less suited to the decades-long aging that cooler vintages can affront so successfully.
Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia is a Super-Tuscan estate established in 1981 by the celebrated Antinori family. The estate’s 200 planted acres along the Tuscan coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea produce some of Italy’s most superior Bordeaux style varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Ornellaia has developed into one of Italy’s most interesting, exciting and collectable wines. Their philosophy of “quality without compromise” is expressed through the entire winemaking process, attention is paid to every detail, from hand harvesting to the aging process. Ornellaia wines are complex, balanced, and intriguing.
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