Established as part of the Antinori family empire, Ornellaia is located next to Sassicaia. It is considered one of the great Bordeaux blends of Italy and the world. Later, Ornellaia was owed by Robert Mondavi and today by the Frescobaldi family. Axel Heinz is winemaker and Michel Rolland consults.
A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb! ~97AG
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