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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2008
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2008
(search item no. 113073)
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $439.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
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
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 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
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2001 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2004

Masseto 2008 is the expression of a warm vintage, most of it having been harvested in the first half of September. With great concentration, its color is particularly deep and young. The nose is characterized by rich and fully ripe fruit yet without any traces of over ripeness, focused and intense with spicy and mineral notes. On the palate the wine is remarkably dense, concentrated and opulent, with a very pure expression of fruit. The tannins are present and firm giving the wine focus and precision to balance the wine's opulent richness. It is undoubtedly one of the great expressions of Masseto with a great ageing 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.