2009 Ornellaia "Ornellaia"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
Full and juicy with black pepper and spice aromas and flavors. Very intense. Powerful but not heavy with lots of structure and backbone. The 25% of Petit Verdot in the blend gives the spicy character. Wait and see. 95-96 points.
Just released in May 2012! "Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is one of the - if not THE - showcase wine estates in Tuscany," writes James Suckling in his tasting report, 'Tuscan Collectibles'. "Lodovico Antinori, the brother of the head of the Antinori wine empire in Florence, created the estate in 1985 with the help of the late California winemaking genius Andre Tchelistcheff, who created a number of superb wines from the state, particularly the great old vintages of Beaulieu Vineyards. Antinori sold Ornellaia about 15 years later. It is now the property of the Frescobaldis, the famous Florentine vintners. Although the pure Merlot sensation Massetto is made at Ornellaia, it is the Bordeaux blend made of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and bearing the name of the estate that is the mainstay of the property. I sat down with estate manager Leonardo Raspini and winemaker Axel Heinz and tasted the 2009 and 2008 Ornellaia, along with the second wine, Le Serre Nuove, from the same vintages...I love the power and finesse of the Ornellaia. It's a wine that remains classic in style and structure, but with a sexy streak to it. The wine ages wonderfully as well. That's why it is my No. 3 Most Collectible Tuscan Wine." (09/2011)