Ornellaia was founded in 1981 undergoing several changes of ownership until it was taken over by the Frescobaldi family in 2005. Located near Bolgheri with around 192 hectares in total encompassing the vineyards, winery and the adjacent Bellaria property just North of Bolgheri. One of the driving forces of the Super Tuscan movement the estates Ornellaia, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a seductive and evocative wine that won much praise from wine critics and drinkers alike with its impressive colour, concentration and intensity of aroma and flavour.
The opulent 2003 Ornellaia (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) presents a dramatic contrast to the 2004 in its super-ripe, open nose and jammy dark fruit. Ample and warm on the palate, it is clearly the product of a very hot vintage, yet it shows notable freshness along with much persistence, great overall balance and a lingering note of sweetness on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. Wine Advocate # 169 Feb 2007 Antonio Galloni 93/100
Ornellaia 2003 was rated best wine from the Maremma region, according to Falstaff, Austria's most prestigious wine magazine. With 93/100 it preceeded Masseto 2003 (92/100), and other 40 wines from the area. Falstaff
Ornellaia 2003 clearly displays the lovely ripeness of the vintage through its abundant ripe fruit flavours, hints of exotic spices and a rich and generous texture. The proportion of Cabernet Franc and the Petit Verdot add freshness and balance. Rich, textured and powerful. Steve Tanzer - 92 Points
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Ornellaia 2003 is a wine that shows the great ripeness of the vintage through its abundant ripe fruit flavours, scents of exotic spices and a rich and generous texture. The important proportion of Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot add complex aromatics and freshness, producing a wine of great harmony and balance.
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