The 2007 vintage weather conditions encouraged the development of an Ornellaia which shows elegance and development of richly-faceted aromatics, with its classic dark, intense ruby colour. Fully-ripened fruit pervades the nose, with crisply-delineated dark wild berry fruit and spice, with balsamic notes.
On the palate, exceptionally glossy, velvet-smooth tannins immediately impress, along with intense notes of fruit and spice. Good volume and depth contribute to an overall harmony of all its components, suitably crowned by a long-lingering finish infused with aromatic fruit and balsamic impressions and marked by a healthy vein of tannins that promise a long and salutary development.
97 Points, Wine Spectator:
"A wine that does everything right and puts it all in beautiful balance. Full-bodied, yet reserved, silky and elegant, with wonderful fruit and friendly tannins. Best after 2012. –JS" (10/31/2010)
93 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate:
"The 2007 Ornellaia is remarkably open and accessible, very much in keeping with the personality of the vintage. Clean, minerally notes frame a core of silky, perfumed dark fruit, mocha, spices, licorice, grilled herbs and leather that impresses for its exceptional length. Tasted next to the 2007 Le Serre Nuove, the 2007 Ornellaia shows more muscle (from the higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon), but in terms of pure quality the wines are very close. The 2007 is not a big, massive Ornellaia, but rather a wine built on elegance and finesse, both of which are on full display. The 2007 should drink well with a minimum of cellaring, but whether it will make old bones remains a question mark at this point. The 2007 Ornellaia is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."
Robert Parker(2007 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(2007 Vintage)
Wine Buyer(2007 Vintage) 2007 began with a very mild Winter, with less rainfall than usual. As a result bud break occurred about 10 days early.Spring was mild too, with rains coming just when they were required, which allowed excellent vegetative growth and ledthe vines to flower early. June rains, which occurred throughout Tuscany, accompanied the development of the grapes.Summer finally started with a July, which was hot and dry, followed by an August which was cooler, with classicmid-month thunderstorms that slowed the ripening of the grapes, bringing the projected harvest date in line with theaverage. A perfect September with brilliant sun, mild temperatures, and little rain permitted a perfectly slow, steadyripening of the grapes, concentrating polyphenols and aromatic compounds, without leading to any over-ripeness.
Wine Buyer(2006 Vintage) The main characteristic of Ornellaia 2006 is without a doubt its lush depth and a-exuberancea (aLaEsuberanzaa). Here is apowerful, concentrated wine whose intensity is immediately obvious. Its complex, rich bouquet is complemented bysweet, dense-packed tannins and a lively acidity, and all of its components are in admirable harmony creating a veryelegant wine.
Wine Spectator(2013 Vintage) Vanilla, toast and smoke notes shade the black cherry and plum aromas, while the spicy oak theme carries over on the palate. Shows fine balance. Best from 2018 through 2029.-B.S.