1996 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana

SKU #991227 95 points Wine Spectator

 Dense ruby color; meaty and chocolaty ,with berry aromas. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, caressing finish, it shows loads of character. It's just starting to come around now. Not as impressive as I expected but excellent.  (10/2004)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A rich, concentrated wine, bulging with ripe, extracted tannins. This is smooth and opulent, with flavors of fruitcake and an underlying spiciness from the wood. A delicious, powerful wine ...  (12/2001)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full, dark ruby. Very ripe, sweet plum and red berry aromas, along with harmonious oak notes of smoke and vanilla. Quite silky on the palate but not at the expense of its concentration and structure. Very well balanced, stylish and long, and already drinking very well.  (7/2000)

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Super Tuscan