Tenuta dell Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2017
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia was founded in 1981 by Marchese Lodovico Antinori in the maritime hills of Bolgheri. The 97-hectare estate stretches out along the Tyrrhenian Sea and is the birthplace of the now-iconic wines Ornellaia and Masseto. With marine, alluvial and volcanic soils, each grape variety is planted in its ideal conditions. Ornellaia is a powerful, concentrated Cabernet-Merlot blend originating in 1985. It is built for aging and remains one of the great wines of Italy.
VM97: A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb!
JS97: A big, rich wine for the vintage, yet poised and lively with firm, chewy tannins that give form and intensity to the wine. It shows loads of blackberry, blackcurrant and walnut flavors. Ripe yet polished tannins. Give this three or four years to come together.