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2012 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery

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RATINGS

3 BicchieriGambero Rosso

...sumptuous...really impressive in stylistic precision, detailed oaky component and wonderful fruity extract...very readable, with a body worthy of its name, unfolding in a flavor as complex as it is deep...

97James Suckling

A tight & silky red... blackcurrant, mushroom & bark undertones. Full body, firm tannins & a minerally finish. Excellent structure & mouthfeel. A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region.

94The Wine Advocate

The wine's density and extraction are spot-on and the bouquet is beautifully shaped by dark cherry nuances with spice, leather and tobacco at the back. There is a gorgeous sense of richness and plushness here.

94+ Vinous / IWC

Rich, powerful and concentrated, the 2012 offers plenty of depth and intensity, with expressive fruit and striking mid-palate intensity. Dark red cherry jam, wild flowers, licorice, smoke, tobacco and mint blossom in the glass.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Big, sweet and appealing with tea leaf aromas and lift. Opulent, sweet-fruited and velvety-textured.

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

2012 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

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