With the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the famous agronomist, Marchese Lodovico Antinori planted the first French vines in Bolgheri which lies in the heart of Tuscany’s coastal region, Maremma in the early 1980’s. It’s safe to say the region has never been the same since.
Ornellaia has established itself among the iconic wine estates in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming, rich and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate’s unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast.
Ornellaia is one third of what has come to be known as the Big 3 Super Tuscans, along with Tignanello (the first Super Tuscan) and Sassicaia. Each year, these are some of the most gorgeous, age-worthy bottlings and the magnificent 2020 bottling from Ornellaia is no different. This is still a baby, but already is starting to show it’s potential as a near perfect wine, so it’s no surprising that this one comes with all the big scores. I only have six bottles total. This should make a few lucky collectors very, very happy.
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98 Points, James Suckling
Alluring aromas of lead pencil and currants with crushed stone and iodine. Full-bodied with hemmed in tannins that are tight and focused. Very fresh and energetic with wonderful length and intensity for this vintage. Needs four or five years to come together. Better in 2028 and onwards.
97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Tasted from barrel, the 2020 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia will be presented in the fall but won’t hit the market until spring of the following year. This is a beauty, so generous and opulent with fully seamless transitions. The wine’s traditional blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with tiny percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, although this warm vintage makes do with a pinch less of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit is selected across 107 hectares of Ornellaia vines, although the estate recently purchased an additional eight hectares next to Guado al Tasso in Castagneto Carducci, with terraces and vines aged between 15 and 28 years old. This broad and generous expression has a beautiful quality of fruit and oak that speaks to the very best of Italian winemaking.
96 Points, Wine Spectator
Inviting aromas of blackberry, black currant, anise, cedar, vanilla and tobacco draw you in to this red, which is sleek and open on the palate. This is so well-balanced, it’s approachable now, yet there’s a bit of reserve too. The fruit flavors are prominent on the finish, along with mineral and spice notes, while the lasting impression is a salty, flinty element. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
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