2014 Tenuta dell' Ornellaia Ornellaia IGT

Year: 2014
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93-95
James Suckling: 95
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"Starts out with aromas of black currant and cherry, followed by flavors of herb, tobacco, iron and spice. Turns dense and tannic in the end. Elegant and complex overall, but this needs to resolve the tannins and integrate the oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2025. 2,200 cases imported. –BS " (WS)

"Tasted as a preview sample, the 2014 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia shows a level of sophistication and generosity that, frankly speaking, I did not expect from this vintage. This wine far exceeds my expectations and merits special attention. This vintage of Ornellaia offers unique assets that you don't often see in past editions. There's a level of sharpness and brightness that is linked to the wine's balanced acidity and its overall prominence. That freshness is more immediate against the streamlined nature of the background fruit and overall extraction. Rather than presenting itself as a horizontal wine (with so much complexity that hits you at once), this vintage reveals a delicately vertical approach in which each unique perfume is presented in slow succession. The good news is that the wine will definitely flesh out before its commercial release next spring.

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has currently released the 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia that I previously reviewed in Issue 221 (published October 2015). Some 140,000 bottles were produced of this blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. The suggested retail price for the 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is $240.00. More news from this celebrated Tuscan estate includes the second edition of Bianco Ornellaia that this year introduces us to a tiny percentage of Petit Manseng in the blend of Sauvignon and Viognier. That structured white grape works very well in a leaner and cooler vintage like 2014. You will also notice that I have listed Masseto as its own winery in this report for the first time. This is at the request of the winery that is continuing to create separate identities for Ornellaia and Masseto that will soon be produced in their own independent wineries." (WA)

"Very floral and fresh with dark berry, lemon rind and hints of cloves and spice. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a pretty finish of fruit, smoke, toasted oak and more spice. Better in 2019. Outstanding for the vintage." (JS)