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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2007
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2007
(search item no. 106802)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $389.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Masseto is a rare and exclusive 'Cru', coming from a small vineyard of seven acres which bears the same name and which is known for its exceptional terroirs. A Merlot of great structure and longevity, production is severely limited due to an extremely rigorous selection and to the philosophy of excellence. One of the most sought after wines in the world, Masseto is frequently protagonist in the most important international auctions and constantly receives excellent ratings and unanimous consensus from the most important opinion leaders around the world.

The hallmark of Masseto is its power and impressive tannic structure. The 2007 vintage displays, in addition, an overwhelming elegance and complex wealth of aromatics, boasting impressions of perfectly ripe red and dark berry fruit, along with balsamic notes of wild herbs, smooth spices, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is dense, rich, intense, with glossy, silk-smooth tannins. A very long, leisurely finish reveals a good vein of acidity and concludes clean and fresh.

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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.