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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia  2004
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2004
(search item no. 91677)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $159.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 25% Merlot; 12% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot

The use of several varietals gives the winemaking team the luxury of being able to tailor the exact proportion of the blend to the specific strengths of a given vintage. 2004 can be considered as one of the major expressions of Ornellaia and represents an excellent example of a classic vintage in Bolgheri. The ideal conditions during the growing season lead to a perfect combination of ripeness, flavor complexity and finesse. The velvety opulence of the Merlot is balanced out by the racy and elegant tannic structure of the Cabernets, which are further amplified by the small addition of Petit Verdot.

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About Tenuta dell'Ornellaia:

In 1981, Marchese Lodovico Antinori breathed new life into Tenuta dell' Ornellaia, an estate whose potential had been ignored for decades. With the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the famous agronomist, Antinori planted the first French vines in Bolgheri, which lies in the heart of Tuscany's coastal region, Maremma. The estate yields some of the finest Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc in Tuscany. In 2002, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi became owners of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, which is now owned exclusively by Marchesi de' Frescobaldi.