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
"The 2008 Ornellaia continues to blossom in the bottle. Dark cherries, chocolate, espresso, blackberries and mocha are just some of the many notes that explode from the glass. A rich tapestry of licorice, tar and camphor notes develop in the glass, adding considerable complexity. The 2008 is a huge, structured Ornellaia endowed with massive structure. It has come together beautifully since the early days when it was a tannic beast. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a spectacular bottle of wine. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033."
The Wine Advocate
"Impressive nose of dark truffles, milk chocolate and blackberries. Full bodied, with lots of licorice and blackberries and truffles. Very long and intense. Goes on for minutes. This is amazing and firm, with a racy character. Best after 2016."
"Pure flavors of black cherry, blackberry and coffee are enmeshed in the dense texture of this red, which is polished and beautifully balanced, in an international style. Shows fine length. Best from 2014 through 2024."