Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend 1997

$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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