Tenuta dell' Ornellaia - Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC Superiore Rosso - 2018

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The desire to promote the exceptional quality of the winery has characterized the Ornellaia philosophy since the beginning. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, Ornellaia is the authentic expression of a unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.

After a few years that made us almost forget what winter is like, in 2018 the climatic conditions returned to normal. A series of days with temperatures below zero were sufficient for the vines to begin their well-deserved winter rest. Spring should be remembered as one of the rainiest in history, with precipitation three times higher than the seasonal average and high temperatures in April. Despite the late bud break, thanks to the climatic conditions and rapid growth, the vines were able to make up for the delay and began flowering a whole week earlier. Although precipitation levels were less than in May, they remained above average throughout June. Only July gave us a respite with warm and dry weather. The berries started to ripen between July 22nd and 25th and the month of August was as hot as last year but a bit rainier. Sugar and acid levels developed slowly while the grapes grew relatively large due to the high water content in the soil. September was hot and rain-free. Temperatures were above the seasonal average, but thanks to the cooler nights, the vines were able to recover and preserve their aromas and acidity. The harvest of the red grapes began on August 31st with the Merlot and ended on October 8th with the later varieties.

After being hand-picked in 15 kg boxes, the grapes were selected both before and after destemming on double sorting tables and then gently pressed. In addition to manual sorting, optical grape sorting was introduced in 2016 to further increase the quality of the selection. Each grape variety and each vineyard plot was vinified separately. First, the one-week alcoholic fermentation took place partly in stainless steel tanks, partly in cement vats at temperatures between 26 and 30 °C, and then the maceration for a total of around 15 days, so that the time in these tanks totaled around three weeks. The malolactic fermentation was mainly carried out in oak barrels (70% new barrels and 30% second use). The wine remained in the barriques, which are stored in the temperature-controlled wine cellar of Ornellaia, for a period of approximately 18 months. After the first twelve months, the grape varieties were blended and then poured back into the barriques, where the cuvée remained for another six months. After bottling, the wine remains in the bottle for a further 12 months before being released on the market.

Grape Varieties : 51% Merlot , 40% Cabernet Sauvignon , 7% Cabernet Franc , 2% Petit Verdot
Vintage: 2018
Growing area: Tuscany - Bolgheri DOC Superiore Rosso
Analytical Profile: Alcohol: 14.5% vol. ; Residual sugar: 0.85 g/l ; Acid: 4.85 g/l
Eye: An impenetrable, deep ruby ​​red shines in the glass.
Nose: This Ornellaia smells seductively of dark forest fruits and shows elegant notes of noble spices, cedar wood and liquorice. No question remains unanswered on the palate: this is a top product, a world star among the red wines of this planet.

The 2018 vintage is characterized by a powerful arc of tension between lush maturity and animating freshness. Its strong tannin structure is so silky that the great potential for aging could easily go unnoticed.

A pronounced spicy nuance is revealed in the finale, which particularly accentuates the fresh and long aftertaste.

Expansion: 18 months in 70% new and 30% used barriques (second use)
drinking temperature: 18°C - 20°C
Classification: Bolgheri DOC
Taste: dry

Well-ripened cheeses, game dishes, dark meat, all kinds of grilled food, pizza/pasta, casseroles and the like, terrines and pies. And hearty game dishes.


Serve chambrated at 16°C -18°C.

Tip: Open 1 - 2 hours in advance, taste and then decide whether the wine should be decanted or not.

shelf life: > 20 years
Allergens: contains sulphites

Gambero Rosso: 4 glasses

Doctor Wine: 97 points

Robert Parker: 95 points

Vinous: 97 points

Wine Spectator: 95 points

James Suckling: 97 points

Decanter: 96 points

Weinwisser: 18.5 points

Vinum: 19 points

Falstaff: 98 points

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