The Barolo "Ornato" is a big Barolo, deep, round and austere, with a remarkably long life, yet approachable in its youth. Barolo Ornato has a deep crimson red color and its nose exudes intense fruit scents. On the palate, the tannins are fat and found, yet also mellow and elegant.
"Very pretty aromas of sweet strawberry pie, with hints of plum and flowers. Full-bodied, with polished yet chewy tannins and bright acidity. A big, juicy wine. A Barolo for the cellar. Best after 2013. 700 cases made. "
"The 2005 Barolo Ornato shows outstanding depth and complexity in its note of licorice, iron, plums, prunes, French oak and minerals. Although the Ornato possesses more richness and roundness than the Barolo, it, too, is lighter in body than has been the case in the past vintages, which renders the wine quite classic in feel. With a touch more depth the 2005 Ornato might very well merit a higher score. Still, it is a lovely effort. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
The Wine Advocate
"Good medium-deep red. Sweet but subdued aromas of redcurrant, mocha, chestnut and nutty oak. Big, rich, broad and sweet; in fact almost creamy for the year. Conveys an impression of velvety volume without excess weight. Here the big tannins come later and coat the entire mouth. Seems less sweet than the 2005 Il Bricco. A big boy, but does it have the lift of the Barbaresco? Today this seems slightly dulled by its oak element, but there's no denying its strength of material.
International Wine Cellar