1985 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Toscana (1.5L) (soiled label)

SKU #1250677 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium-red color. Pretty, floral aromas of raspberry, licorice, mocha, cedar and smoke. Lush but vinous, with nicely integrated acidity giving shape and grip to the flavors. Not a big wine but sappy, classy and precise. Finishes with very firm but fine tannins and lovely purity. (ST)  (9/2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1985 Ornellaia (magnum) is big and full-bodied, with gorgeous complexity in its dark fruit, sweet cedar and spices. At nearly 25 years of age, the 1985 remains beautifully balanced. This is an exceptional wine, especially considering the vines were only three years old and there was no selection to speak of when it came to the harvested fruit. As delicious as the wine is, there is little upside in further cellaring and the 1985 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. 1985 was a benchmark year in the early development of Bolgheri, as it was a great vintage for Sassicaia, the region’s most iconic wine, and also the first vintage of Ornellaia. The 1985 Ornellaia is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that spent between 12 and 16 months in French oak. Interestingly, the 1985 was made at the cellars of Antinori in San Casciano. (AG)  (1/2010)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Super Tuscan