Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend 1997

$305

...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

Will Brajnikoff Delectable Pro

Sommelier Chai Consulting

Bretty. Not super my style, but still fantastic.

Bretty. Not super my style, but still fantastic.

8.9

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Treat.

Treat.

9.2

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Lovely green tobacco on nose and palate. Smooth and integrated.

Lovely green tobacco on nose and palate. Smooth and integrated.

9.2

Marc Piro Delectable Pro

Like a layer of dust resting upon a long, flat stone, doused in cocoa spice and dark fruit acids, primarily dark berries, with a slight spicy greenness running through the spine, and finally a bit of oak to focus all the dimensions.

Like a layer of dust resting upon a long, flat stone, doused in cocoa spice and dark fruit acids, primarily dark berries, with a slight spicy greenness running through the spine, and finally a bit of oak to focus all the dimensions.

9.4

Jordana Giovannoni Delectable Pro

Ornellaia, a classic but this wasn't a show stopper.

Ornellaia, a classic but this wasn't a show stopper.

7.4

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

Bret Barker

Beautiful wine at the tail end of its life. Let it decant for over an hour. It is well balanced with some licorice, dark fruit a hint of oak with the only detraction being a little more herbaceous notes than I would like. Very good

Beautiful wine at the tail end of its life. Let it decant for over an hour. It is well balanced with some licorice, dark fruit a hint of oak with the only detraction being a little more herbaceous notes than I would like. Very good

9.3

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