2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore
*Cellar Selection* This is a hopelessly gorgeous wine with so much energy, intensity, density and good cheer. The superb ensemble—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot—delivers chocolate fudge, ripe cherry, rhubarb, cola, tobacco and cedar wood. It’s tight and supple, with seamless harmony and excellent succulence on the finish. But it’s that incredible intensity that truly sets this wine apart.
Racy. Subtle aromas of berries and currants, with hints of fresh herbs. Very refined and full, with silky yet firm tannins. Harmonious.
*Ranked #7, Top 100 Wines of 2007* Dark ruby-purple in color, with complex aromas of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla, cedar and currant. Full-bodied yet ultra refined, with dense, seamless, caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Ornellaia (magnum) has always been a beautiful wine, but stylistically it stands out quite a bit from other vintages of this era, something that is particularly evident in this tasting. The 2004 is perhaps the most delicate, feminine Ornellaia ever made. Silky tannins frame a perfumed core of ripe fruit all the way through to the sublime finish. The wine’s inner fragrance, sweetness and balance are all impeccable. The 2004 remains one of my all-time favorite Ornellaias, and it is firing on all cylinders on this night. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
Closed at first behind a wall of tannin, this needs several hours to reveal its full potential. While those tannins remain strong, the flavor of the fruit-perfectly ripened to flavors of fig and black cherries during a long, even growing season-is what powers the wine. Elegantly composed of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and lesser amounts of Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2004 is a classic vintage of Ornellaia.
Lush and sweet, almost like sugared damsons on the nose. Less savoury than the 2001 though as it opens, it has something akin to eucalpytus. Dry and dusty on the palate and much less fleshy than I expected. But becomes more savoury and leathery as it opens up and spreads across the mouth. Some chocolate in the flavour rather than the texture. 17.5/20 points. (JH)