Ai Fiori's Ornellaia/Masseto dinner (Ai Fiori (Langham Hotel on 5th Ave)): Surprise wine and a great example of what happens with these wines with some age. It's a bit more integrated, almost sweet, saddle leather, cherry, hints of alcohol, but tamping down some. This still didn't feel really ready to me, but at least it was further on it's way than the '10 through '12s. My favorite of the Ornellaias although that comes more from the extra aging than believing the '05 vintage was better than the others.
The 2005 Ornellaia is in a wonderful place right now, displaying a dark yet vibrant nose of muddled red fruits (cherry, raspberry and strawberry), giving way to tobacco, and floral undergrowth. On the palate, silky, soft textures ushered in a mix of black cherry and dusty spice, along with pretty inner floral tones. Hints of tannin were still present on the long finish, yet the emergence of dried strawberry and earthy minerals provided a perfect counter-balance. The 2005 is on the verge of peaking.
So refined and smooth showing its pedigree, notes of espresso and chocolate with rich blackberry and black currant notes. The merlot and cab sauvignon blend shows at its best and puts this on par with many 05 bordeauxs. Long smooth finish. Drinking beautifully. Tasted blind i would have pegged this as a Pomerol 05.
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