Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Toscana Merlot 1997

9.639 ratings on Delectable
$1235

Great dark color. Intense aromas of ripe currant, prune, dried fruits and fresh rosemary. Loads of fresh sage and other herbs. Full-bodied, with beautiful tannins. Decadent, yet wonderfully caressing. Fabulous opulence here... Wine Spectator

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Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Merlot like no other - built stone tough. Italian-ness trumps varietal character.

Merlot like no other - built stone tough. Italian-ness trumps varietal character.

9.3

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Can't say this wasn't really great, I think that it shows what the vintage was like, but also that this one needs quite a bit of time to come around, yes it's extremely extracted/oaked/rich, but it's definitely a style that many people enjoy.

Can't say this wasn't really great, I think that it shows what the vintage was like, but also that this one needs quite a bit of time to come around, yes it's extremely extracted/oaked/rich, but it's definitely a style that many people enjoy.

9.2

BurgundyFan Delectable Pro

Reminded me of very old Figeac but without the green pepper, velvet, round, smooth and long finish, coffee, cigar tones, nice acidity, perfect

Reminded me of very old Figeac but without the green pepper, velvet, round, smooth and long finish, coffee, cigar tones, nice acidity, perfect

10

Ted Mandes Delectable Pro

Outstanding wine. Having it with Easter Dinner.

Outstanding wine. Having it with Easter Dinner.

9.8

Davis Smith Delectable Pro

Sommelier Acquerello

Really tasting good right now. Classic herbal, tobacco with some palate coating power left over

Really tasting good right now. Classic herbal, tobacco with some palate coating power left over

8.9

Fabio Dore Delectable Pro

Best merlot!!

Best merlot!!

9.9

Dimitri Fedotov, C.S. Delectable Pro

Sommelier Osteria 177

Gone...:(

Gone...:(

Robert Harmelin

Big heavy rich lots of color fruit and acid. Excellent

Big heavy rich lots of color fruit and acid. Excellent

9.5

B

1997 Masseto Merlot. Post bday lunch at Tap. This wine was perfect- exactly what we hope a merlot would taste like. DH was over the moon about this wine, as was K and AG. Comment was: "This makes you want to drink more merlot. Too bad Sideways decimated the merlot industry." Great. Need to drink more of this!

1997 Masseto Merlot. Post bday lunch at Tap. This wine was perfect- exactly what we hope a merlot would taste like. DH was over the moon about this wine, as was K and AG. Comment was: "This makes you want to drink more merlot. Too bad Sideways decimated the merlot industry." Great. Need to drink more of this!

10

B

1997 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto MLA Merlot. Drank at DR concert. This followed the 1986 Margaux. Definitely much bigger, just massive. Concentrated dark fruit, balanced with a nice earthiness. Despite its (relatively) intense structure, this wine drank beautifully, with a smooth, long finish.

1997 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Masseto MLA Merlot. Drank at DR concert. This followed the 1986 Margaux. Definitely much bigger, just massive. Concentrated dark fruit, balanced with a nice earthiness. Despite its (relatively) intense structure, this wine drank beautifully, with a smooth, long finish.

10