Ornellaia has been through some significant changes over the past several years. First with the departure of Lodovico Antinori and the arrival of the new owners, Mondavi and Frescobaldi, then with a double changeover of winemakers, first Andrea Giovannini (now at Monsanto) from 1999 to 2001, then Thomas Duroux, trained at Bordeaux and then the oenologist for the unsuccessful Mondavi Languedoc project. High quality, however, has been a constant – these have been Bolgheri’s best wines, along with those of Le Macchiole, over the past five years, and there is no indication of any change in the level of ambition.






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Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate February 2007, 95 Points

This strong series of 2004’s continues with the gorgeous 2004 Ornellaia. A lively dark ruby, it is a vibrant effort bursting with expressive aromatics and layered, well-delineated fruit, showing much purity on the palate and closing with a long, finessed finish.

Readers hoping to catch this wine’s full array of nuances will have to wait at least another few years as the wine remains quite primary today. This exquisite effort is not to be missed.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

Jancis Robinson, May 2013, 17.5 Points

Tasted at the Margaret River Cabernet tutorial. Very deep, almost opaque black/garnet colour. It has a very intense, deep nose, dark berried fruits, a touch of plum, some high quality oak here lending it a slight malt biscuit quality. Wonderful lift and fragrance. The palate is full-bodied with superb acidity, very fine tannins, black fruits, a touch of tar and allspice, hint of nutmeg, vibrant and vigorous towards the finish. Sumptuous and decadent…Ornellaia then!