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2010 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

ITEM 8103645 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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chrte3 $280 $280
$280
Item Sold Amount Date
I8196919 1 $280 Apr 24, 2022
I8151071 1 $300 Mar 27, 2022
I8103645 1 $280 Jan 30, 2022
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RATINGS

3 BicchieriGambero Rosso

...a benchmark for the whole Italian winemaking world. It is no just a technical champ... but a giant in flavor & authenticity, developed over spicy, earthy sensations with hugely expressive fruit and a masterly palate in weight and grip,.

98Vinous / IWC

Super-expressive aromatics soar out of the glass as the 2010 shows off its personality. Sweet herbs, tobacco, licorice, mocha and tar wrap around a core of intense dark fruit. Racy, powerful and majestic, the 2010 is a total stunner.

97+ The Wine Advocate

...a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it... absolutely seamless-seamless-seamless (yes, it's worth repeating 3 times) integration of its many moving parts... profoundly impressive.

95James Suckling

A wine with a wonderful depth of berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Full-bodied with velvety tannins and a round, delicious finish. Fruit-forward and exuberant:

94Wine Spectator

A muscular, impenetrable red, with tightly wound tannins guiding the black cherry, plum, herb, soy and oak spice flavors.

18Jancis Robinson

Deep crimson, it is beautifully fresh and clean with a little tobacco leaf lift on the nose. There's nothing flashy or effortful about this, just beautiful balance and medium weight fruit...overall it is luscious...

PRODUCER

Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia

Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia was founded by Lodovico Antinori in 1981 in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. Antinori, who comes from the legendary Antinori winemaking family of Florence, wanted to make a Super Tuscan of extraordinary quality. He succeeded with his two premier wines, Ornellaia and Masseto. The Masseto is nearly 100% Merlot and Ornellaia is a more typical Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia was bought by Robert Mondavi Corp. in 2001, and the Mondavi Corp. was then bought by Constellation Brands. Since then the Frescobaldi winemaking family of Florence has been trying to acquire controlling interest in the winery. Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia owns 160 acres of vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines is 20 to 25 years. Annual production of Ornellaia is 8,000 – 12,500 cases. Annual production of Masseto is 2,000 to 2,400 cases.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia. There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.

VINTAGE

2010 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

This estate is run by Lodovico Antinori (Piero Antinori's younger brother, who produces Solaia and Tignanello)