The Ornellaia estate was first the creation of Ludovico Antinori. His desire to set his own standards apart from the family firm had led him to the Tuscan Coast at Bolgheri, adjacent to his cousin Nicolo Incia's Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia. The combination of soil and man made this one of the pre-eminent modern wineries of Italian fine wine. The turn of the century saw the estate move into the ownenrship of that other Tuscan royal wine family, Frescobaldi, following a short period of joint ownership with California's Mondavi. The Bordeaux influenced wines of the estate are icons of International Styled Italian wine.
Tenuta del Ornellaia Ornellaia 150cl 2018
The 2018 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is complete and seamlessly stitched together with extreme care and precision. This is an almost technical blend of Merlot (at 50% of the blend for the first time), 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that offers a true sense of wholeness and consistency that speaks to the blending expertise and experience of the winemaking team. Finding harmony among the various vinous components of the wine was especially important in this vintage that prized early-ripening grapes like Merlot over the others. Blackberry and dried cherry segue to spice, tar, campfire ash and more sweet fruit. We’re off to a great start, and this vintage of Ornellaia is surely destined to flesh out and grow more complex with age. 95 Points – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate