(From 2005 Vintage)
Born in a cooler than usual year, the aromatic complexity and freshness of the 2005 Ornellaia reflect the conditions of the harvest. The delayed harvest resulted in perfectly ripe tannins that are soft and silky.
Deep ruby red in colour, this wine has an elegant, complex bouquet with red and black berry fruit supported by underlying hints of tobacco and spice. On the palate, the wine is full and enveloping, displaying a powerful, extremely elegant densely woven tannic structure that flows into a long fruity finish with balsamic overtones. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; 12% Cabernet Franc; 5% Petit Verdot.
Ornellaia, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia’s flagship wine, was first produced with vintage 1985, from an extremely careful selection of the vineyards grown on the Estate. Produced in limited quantities, hand-crafted and vinified with the utmost care and attention to detail, Ornellaia has constantly received top ratings from the most influential opinion leaders around the world.
Vintage 2005 marked the 20th anniversary of Ornellaia, which was celebrated with numerous events all over the globe and with the creation of special anniversary large-size bottles.
95 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Displays beautiful aromas of ripe fruit, with currant, plum and blackberry. This complex and full-bodied Tuscan red has soft, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Shows a deft hand in the winemaking. Best after 2012. 11,660 cases made. –JS" (10/31/2008)
93 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate:
"The medium-bodied 2005 Ornellaia shows plenty of delineation in its dark cherries, blueberries, spices, minerals and crushed rocks. The 2005 doesn’t have the detail of the 2004 or the richness of the 2006, but it does offer notable finesse and clarity in an understated style for this wine. My impression is that this will be a relatively early-maturing vintage of Ornellaia, which is not a bad thing, considering the age-worthiness of the two vintages which surround it. In 2005 Ornellaia is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. It is a big success in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
(From 2011 Vintage) The sun-filled, early-maturing 2011 vintage perfectly expresses the qualities of Ornellaia. The wine appears an intense, youthful ruby red. The nose offers rich fruit that is fully ripe yet at the same time crisp and lively, backgrounded by delicate nuances of balsam and toastiness. On the palate, the powerful concentration immediately impresses, as do the tannins, massive yet silk-smooth and glossy, which allows the wine to completely fill the mouth but with no feeling of heaviness. The finish, near endless, is deliciously pungent and spicy, with a welcome crispness throughout.
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Wine & SpiritsRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/08
Antonio GalloniRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 169
Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 169 on Feb-07
Wine SpectatorRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator