Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Docg 1999 Ornellaia D-Magnum
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Tenuta dell Ornellaia
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The 1999 Ornellaia demonstrates immediately the superiority of the vintage in its dark, blackish color, powerful and expansive nose of cassis, graphite, tar, and Mediterranean herbs, and its rich, concentrated, and deep flavors, sizeable but very supple as well. Drink: 2005-2022.
This has a Mediterranean nose of wild rosemary, juniper, spice and ripe, rich cherry. Offers a superb expression of fruit, cedar and lead pencil flavors, matched to an elegant, harmonious profile. Terrific finish. Merlot.
I was blown away by the 1999 Ornellaia. Still fresh and youthful, it reveals a powerful, authoritative personality in its layers of primary fruit, with its opulence beautifully balanced by its big yet polished tannins. Another year or two of bottle age is probably called for but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gorgeous wine. Given its considerable structure it should have no problem aging for another dozen years.