Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto, 1998

Bolgheri Toscana, Tuscany, Italy

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto, 1998

Bolgheri Toscana, Tuscany, Italy




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Grape Varietes: Merlot 100% Wine Style: Medium Bodied Red Winemaker: Thomas Duroux Optimum Drinking: 2016-2020 Reviewer Rating: 97 Reviewer: Antonio Galloni Code: 100162 Fill Level: In neck. Label Quality: Good label & capsule; minor bin-soiling.
Estate Notes

Ornellaia's 7 hectare Masseto vineyard is sited on a gently sloping hill, and is divided into three sections of varying clay composition; and it is the unique mixture of grapes grown on these micro terroirs that gives this great Super Tuscan its unique aromatics, finesse and balance.

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is situated in Tuscany's breathtaking Bolgheri district, and the hamlet of Bolgheri affords stunning views reaching out to Corsica on a good day, providing the inspiration and physical climate that help create this legendary wine.

Ornellaia's mild maritime climate, together with very strict controls on quantity, minute attention to detail in vineyard management and rigorous selection, make Ornellaia one of the world's most unique and finest wines. The estate is at the top of Super Tuscan ladder, consistently producing excellent wine in every Tuscan vintage.


"A big, juicy red. Black, with intense aromas of black olives and sage, plus masses of fruit. Full-bodied and very velvety, with a long, long finish. A magical Masseto." Wine Spectator

"The 1998 is even better. It shares much of the richness of the 1997, but with more delineation and nuance. The wine blossoms beautifully on the mid-palate and finish, with layers of expressive fruit and fabulous overall balance. This is a stunning Masseto." Antonio Galloni