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1999 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana

SKU #1003317 98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a Mediterranean nose of wild rosemary, juniper, spice and ripe, rich cherry. Offers a superb expression of fruit, cedar and lead pencil flavors, matched to an elegant, harmonious profile. Terrific finish. Merlot.—Non-blind Masseto vertical (October 2017). Drink now through 2032. (BS-Web Only,2018) Inner quote mark

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1999 Masseto is a cool, inward wine graced with exquisite finesse, but it still needs a few years in bottle to show its potential. That said, it is pretty spectacular even today. This is a vintage that will appeal to readers who enjoy firm, structured wines. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Well, there is a lot of competition in this flight. The 1999 Masseto is another epic wine. Swaths of tannin give the 1999 a real sense of energy to match its decidedly virile, inward personality. Dark and brooding, the 1999 doesn’t quite have the volume of the 2001, the power of the 2006 nor the finesse of years like 2004, but it is nevertheless superb in a slightly burlier style than those wines. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is sometimes overlooked by Masseto lovers. It shows the precision and finesse of a top Masseto with firm tannins and bright blueberry and violet character with a long fresh finish. It's full-bodied, and so very polished with wonderful texture. Drink or hold. Decant a couple of hours before serving. Inner quote mark (7/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Intense blackish ruby. Big, brooding nose of superripe plum, sage and other Mediterranean herbs. Extraordinarily plush, with raspberry jam filling the mouth. Big, dusty tannins underscore the intense and very long finish, redolent of roasted espresso beans and vanilla. Inner quote mark (8/2003)

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