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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia  2009
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2009
(search item no. 117516)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
James Suckling rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $175.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
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:

Ripeness and elegance are the two qualities that can best describe Ornellaia 2009. Born from a vintage which began cool then turned hot, it was necessary to take painstaking care during harvest in order to preserve the grapes' crisp acidity and aromatic complexity. The wine's fragrances are generous and cleanly-defined, with rich, well-ripened fruit, complemented by chocolate and balsamic notes of aromatic herbs. On the palate, silky-smooth and spacious, with glossy tannins. A lively, refreshing acidity lifts a lingering finish.

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 5% 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.