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."
$165 in 1/1/2012Marked by freshness and aromatic complexity. Deep ruby with an intense nose of ripe red berry fruit, tobacco, spices and vanilla. Elegant and fascinating, supported by fine tannins and density without being hard. Has a long, lovely finish. 93 Points-The Wine Advocate “Shows plenty of delineation in its dark cherries, blueberries, spices, minerals and crushed rocks. Offers notable finesse and clarity in an understated style. My impression is that this will be a relatively early-maturing vintage of Ornellaia. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. 95 Points¬-The 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.
super. vin a daniel
good, kind of flat
95 excellent yr
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.
James Suckling(2013 Vintage) Amazing graphite and violet aromas with dark fruits. Medium to full body, ultra-velvety tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Formed and tight. I love the fresh ginger underneath it all. A cool profile that’s so approachable with wonderful length. #84 Top 100 of 2016
Wine Enthusiast(2013 Vintage) A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, this opens with aromas of red currant, fragrant purple flower and exotic spice. The currant aroma carries over to the austere palate along with cranberry, chopped herb and French oak. With its backbone of firm acidity and assertive close-grained tannins, it already boasts finesse but will need years to soften and develop. Drink 2021-2028.
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2014
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/18/2014