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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

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2010 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 98

What a stunner, with its fat, juicy, ripe fruit laden personality, the wine is concentrated with layers of black and white cherry, kirsch, dark chocolate, caramel, fennel and earthy sensations. Young, as you would expect, the tannins are soft and ripe, but 5-10 years of cellaring, or at least 3 hours in the decanter are needed to get this going in your glass.

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2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 95

Medium bodied and in a finesse style, this early drinking vintage of Masseto serves up fresh, sweet, black raspberries, kirsch, espresso bean and smoky characteristics.

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2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 97

Riveting example of Italian Merlot that is packed with fleshy, ripe, chocoalte covered, fat, juicy black cherries, licorice, truffle, espresso, caramel and smoke. Powerful, yet elegant, give this some time to soften and expand.

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2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 96

Very sensuous expression of Merlot, with the texture of pure silk and velvet, the wine is rich, deep and long. With a few hours of decanting, this was showing great.

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2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 96

Superb wine, with a complex nose of flowers, coffee bean, licorice, black cherry liqueur and wet earth. The silky, sweet tannins and long, fresh, plush finish are just now getting to the sweet spot.

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2005 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 90

Medium/full bodied with some noticeable heat, red and black fruits, licorice, cherry, herbs, earth and spice, there was a minor sensation of dryness in the finish. I've enjoyed other vintages of Masseto much more.

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2003 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia  (Bolgheri Superiore) 94

Ripe, lush, sweet, forward, supple textured and ready for its prime time drinking window. There is no touch of heat, or over jammy qualities to the wine, just, sweet, round, very ripe fruits, with a low acid, fleshy profile.

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2002 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 93

Loads of upfront, black and blue fruit, coconut, licorice, jam and coffee bean notes in the nose. Plush, big, juicy and not shy about its modern style and showy, ripe berries. This a lot of fun to drink today. That being said, lovers of traditional Italian wines will not like this wine.

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2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 98

Stunning in every way, this was pure, sweet, ripe, complex, sensuous and packed with rich layers of cherry, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice and mint. What a beauty! This seems to be close to peak, but it coud get better with a few more years.

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I love this wine. Because I do not own any, it was a treat to see it on the table last night. With its licorice, dark cherry liqueur, chocolate, herb and red plum filled personality, the wine is fat, dense, wild and ends with a sweet and tart, long, dark red berry finish.

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Pungent aromas of truffles, chocolate, strawberry jam, black cherry liqueur, fresh brewed espresso and licorice make it impossible to put the glass down. The wine is dense and intense, a perfect combination that is tough to find. On the palate, the powerful, long finish is filled with fat, ripe, juicy, chocolate covered cherries.

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Masseto is a wine I seldom get to taste. Rarity and high prices ruthlessly kept me from experiencing this stellar wine. It's a shame as it's one of the world's best expressions of merlot. Produced from Bordeaux varietals, this super Tuscan lived up to its advanced billing. This big, powerful, fresh, wine is filled with jammy black fruits, pepper, forest floor and spice aromatics. On the palate, the wine is thick, rich and concentrated with a sold depth of flavors. The viscous finish is palate staining, ending with fresh, jammy, chocolate covered berries, licorice and just squeezed black cherry juice. If you want to learn more about wines from Bolgheri, we recently published an article on the subject. http://thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=10639

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1999 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 91

Fully mature and starting to drop its fruit, the nose offered more, with its truffle, earthy, kirsch and herbal profile, than you found on the palate, with its soft, short, sweet, and starting to dry out, red cherry finish.

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1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 97

Inky in color, which is impressive for a wine on its way to its 15th birthday. The bouquet is packed with earth, truffle, smoke, fennel, caramel, black cherry liqueur and oak. Thick, rich and intense, the finish remains for at least 40 seconds.

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1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto  (Toscana IGT) 96

With a perfume packed with leafy, herb notes, licorice, earth, smoke, black cherries and spice, this luxurious, sweet, silky, fat, round wine feels great on your palate. The wine ends with an array of black cherries and sweet, juicy, plums.

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1990 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia  (Vino da Tavola) 93

With smoke filled nose complicated with tobacco, black cherry, forest floor, the wine is lush, soft and round. Fully mature, the wine ends with ripe, silky, red fruits.

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