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 2007 Ornellaia is a masterpiece blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a tiny element of Petit Verdot. The intensity and purity are outstanding and the wine delivers beautiful notes of chocolate, black cherry, leather, cedar and spice. It's a big, modern expression that closes long with luscious softness and opulent fruit. Hold for 10 years or more. 99 Points; Wine Enthusiast
A wine that does everything right and puts it in beautiful balance. Full-bodied, yet reserved, silky and elegant, with wonderful fruit and friendly tannins. Best after 2012. 97 Points; Wine Spectator
Good, moderately saturated ruby. Sexy aromas of blackberry, plum and chocolatey oak are lifted by an enticing violet note. Sweet, lush and fine-grained, with a peppery blackberry flavor complicated by saline and coffee elements. This very cabernet sauvignon-dominated wine boasts terrific varietal character and finishes broad, sweet and mouthcoating. It's one of the best versions of Ornellaia ever, though it may not prove as ageworthy as some other fine vintages of this wine. Having followed Ornellaia closely ever since it was first made, I never cease to be amazed by how much it has improved over the early efforts, such as the 1985, when the vines were just too young to produce the level of quality this wine frequently achieves nowadays. 95 Points; International Wine Cellar
Dense, meaty and serious nose. Toasty and deep. This wine is an opera - drama and music, opulence and beauty, highly disciplined and deeply expressive. Liquorice, spicy jewelled fruit. Muscular, polished tannins. Magnificent. 18/20 points; Jancis Robinson
For wine writer Ornellaia 2007 exhibits ‘aromas of well-ripened fruit, with clear notes of dark cherry. Compact and massive, with well-integrated tannins. Very lengthy in the mouth. 19/20 points. Wolfang Fassbender, Switzerland’s Schweizerische Weinzeitung
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