Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend 1997

9.437 ratings on Delectable
$269

...a big, fat wine endowed with tons of fruit. Mocha, coffee beans and ripe, dark fruit emerge from the glass on a rich, opulent frame. The structural elements are easy to overlook, as the tannins are so juicy and ripe, and the fruit is incredibly intense. Simply put, everything is in the right place. Not surprisingly, 1997 is the year Ornellaia introduced their second wine, Le Serre Nuove, and the extra selection that was carried out to produce this wine has paid off big time. The 1997 is also the first Ornellaia in which Merlot is a full 30% of the blend, while Cabernet Sauvignon is 65% and Cabernet Franc is 5%...In many ways, the 1997 is a wine that signals a move towards the more extroverted style that is common here these days...It remains a magnificent example of this Tuscan classic. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Treat.

Treat.

9.2

Peter Marks Delectable Pro

Master of Wine, Educator Constellation Brands

Nose is a bit earthy and cow pasturey, but palate is lush, smooth and ready to drink.

Nose is a bit earthy and cow pasturey, but palate is lush, smooth and ready to drink.

8.5

David Wanek

Luxurious palate. Won't last much longer though.

Luxurious palate. Won't last much longer though.

9.5

Rick K

Fantastic.

Fantastic.

9.4

Chris Tift

At it's peak.

At it's peak.

9.6

Dave Weick

Wonderfully aged. Black fruits, anise, almost smoke meats, spice at the back end. Drink in the next 2-3 years.

Wonderfully aged. Black fruits, anise, almost smoke meats, spice at the back end. Drink in the next 2-3 years.

9.2

Pirom Phadoemchit

Good, really drinks like a left bank Bordeaux. Loads of tiertary characters coming up but stilll plenty of that pyrrazine cab character. Surprising since 97" was a ripe vintage.

Good, really drinks like a left bank Bordeaux. Loads of tiertary characters coming up but stilll plenty of that pyrrazine cab character. Surprising since 97" was a ripe vintage.

8.9

Dario Tolone

not young. bit too accidity and tierd.

not young. bit too accidity and tierd.

9.2

Monica O

Great mature Ornellaia

Great mature Ornellaia

9.5

Vijay Parikh

Nice drinking super Tuscan requires time in the decanter

Nice drinking super Tuscan requires time in the decanter

9.0