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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia  2008
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2008
(search item no. 109947)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $199.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 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:

The 2004 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2007

Ornellaia 2008 represents one of the most classic expressions of the Bolgheri terroir. Fruit of a harvest that was low in quantity but high in concentration, its character reflects both the generous ripeness reached in the first ten days of September as well as the crisp, lively vibrancy encouraged by the cool, breezy days from mid-September through October. Its colour is remarkably intense and deep, while the nose offers stunningly rich, ripe fruit tones, alongside the classic balsamic and tobacco notes with hints of Mediterranean herbs. The palate exhibits immense depth, complex and dense, with tannins that are powerful, but fine-grained, velvety, and racy, giving Ornellaia 2008 a sensation of impressive solidity. A vintage with good aging potential.

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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.