Ornellaia, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's flagship wine, was first produced with vintage 1985. Produced in limited quantities, Ornellaia has constantly received top ratings from the most influential opinion leaders around the world.
Selecting only the best quality fruit in the vineyards, the clusters were carefully hand-picked. The grapes were then given a gentle pressing, and each separate grape variety and each vineyard block was fermented separately, for a total of 66 different base wines. The wines remained in barriques for 18 months in Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's temperature controlled cellars. After 12 months, the final blend was assembled from the base wines, and underwent six months of further ageing in barriques. The wine was then aged for 12 months in the bottle before release.
“2016 represents another immensely successful vintage highlighting all the virtues of Bolgheri’s climate: abundant sunshine, without excessive heat, a dry summer to allow the grapes to achieve perfect ripeness and concentration, and just about enough rain to avoid stress. All these elements combine to yield a wine that shows lush ripeness and crisp firmness, opposing forces creating a sense of dense raciness we like to describe as “tension”.”
Axel Heinz – Estate Director
Additional tasting notes
Color : particularly dark red colour.
Nose : complex nose of black berries, spices and cedar.
Mouth : the palate is rich and dense, balanced by a refined and firm tannic structure, lifted by a juicy and bright acidity.
Alcohol level : 15.0%
Winemaking : 18 months in barriques
Food pairing : Fiorentina steak, Rossini tournedos, game, wild boar with porcini mushrooms and polenta, medium bodied cheese
Aging potential : 16 Years and >
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