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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore DOC 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 98] [RP 96] [WS 93]
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore DOC 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 98] [RP 96] [WS 93]


 
Retail Price: $240.00
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Winery: Tenuta dell'Ornellaia
Varietal: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
Region: Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750 mL

Product Code: ORNELLAIABOLGHERI13-W
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CASE PRICE = $168.99 per bottle (add 12+ quantity to your basket)

Notes from the Winemaker:

“What appeared to be a disadvantage for the 2013 vintage – la te budding and flowering – proved to be a major advantage thanks to a warm summer and month of Sept ember offering textbook conditions for ha rvesting, with cool temperatures but a prevalence of sunny weather. This resulted in slow but co mplete ripening with great balance and a delightful aromatic quality, which we like to define as “Elegance”. Ornellaia 2013, with its dense, vibrant co lour, has a nose of splendid aromatic complexity built around a limpid and brilliant fruitiness, underscored by refined spicy and balsamic notes. The mouth develops vibrant and complex fruity nuances framed by a dense, slender structure with tannins that attain a rare harmony between firmness and fles hiness, concluding with a long balanced and fresh finish.”

VINIFICATION AND AGING
The clusters were hand-picked into 15-kg boxes and then selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, and finally softly crushed. Each grape variety and single vineyard block was vinified separately. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperat ures between 26-30°C for two week, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. Th e malolactic fermentation took place mainly in oak barrels, 70% new and 30% once-used. The wine then re mained in barriques, in Ornellaia’s temperature- controlled cellars for about 18 months. After the first 12 months of maturation, th e wine was assembled and then returned to the barriques for an additional 6 mont hs. After bottling, the wine aged a further 12 months prior to release.

Grape Varieties: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
Ratings & Reviews
98 Points, Rank #84 Top 100 2016 & #22 Top 100 Italian Wines of 2016 - James Suckling:
"Amazing graphite and violet aromas with dark fruits. Medium to full body, ultra-velvety tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Formed and tight. I love the fresh ginger underneath it all. This has a cool profile to the wine. So approachable yet this has wonderful length." - (November 9, 2016)

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"This wine will be released in May 2016. The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is an integrated and seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Alex Heinz tells me that 2013 was a difficult vintage especially towards the early part of the growing season. It balanced out during the summer and allowed for steady ripening of fruit before the harvest. But 2013 was not as hot as 2011 and 2012 overall, and this edition of Ornellaia is beautifully tonic and shapely as a result. The bouquet is very developed in terms of aromas this year with beautiful notes of dark fruit, tobacco and spice. Those perfumes are just gorgeous. The mouthfeel is similarly intense with tannins that are still young, but are already silky and linear in nature. This vintage promises a long aging future." - Monica Larner (Oct 2015)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Vanilla, toast and smoke notes shade the black cherry and plum aromas, while the spicy oak theme carries over on the palate. A brash style that shows fine balance, but this will require time to find equilibrium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2018 through 2029. 12,000 cases made." – BS (Jun 15, 2016) .


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