1993 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Toscana
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1993 Ornellaia (magnum) is just plain beautiful. Plums, tobacco, spice box, cedar and spices come together with notable elegance. The wine possesses exceptional purity in a soft, approachable style. The 1993 is one of the best Ornellaias for current drinking. It is a wonderful effort. In 1993 Ornellaia relies heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and Cabernet Franc (5%) in the blend, while the remaining 17% is Merlot. The wine spent 16 months in French oak, 33% new. (AG)
Looks much more mature than the 1990 – mature rim and ruby middle. Some gamey animal notes. Very sweet start and charming though not one of the most intense. Tannins suggest this is very much a wine for food. This has a definite Italian twist on a Napa base.
Not the biggest Ornellaia, but delicious. Pretty berry, cherry and dried herb character with a hint of new wood. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and a juicy finish.