Red

1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Bolgheri
  • Bolgheri Superiore
Drink between 2005 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 147

  • joshabramson wrote: flawed

    November 15, 2019 - Hard to say what was wrong exactly -- maybe slightly corked -- but this bottle was definitely off and had to go down the drain, unfortunately.

  • Anonymous wrote: 95 points

    October 31, 2019 - Had been waiting for a special occasion to enjoy this bottle. A lovely Italian meal proved the perfect opportunity to crack this amazing wine. The cork was perfect, and the wine began immediwtely to evolve Spectacular balance and structure after 22 years shocked everyone at the table. The best red wine I have had in 6 months was my reward for the wait. This wine is ready to drink, but if stored well, there is no urgency.

  • acyso wrote: 60 points

    September 8, 2019 - 1997 Super Tuscans (Skokie, IL): Served double blind. What the hell -- smells like doubanjiang. Hot peppers?! A bit grassy and herbaceous too. Better on the palate, but that’s not saying much. Very prickly tannins; low acid, nothing commendable here. If this was flawed, I have no idea what’s wrong with it. My 11th, group's 12th.

  • soyhead wrote:

    June 26, 2019 - a pleasure to try at age 22.
    dark ruby
    well integrated dark fruit, spice and coffee inflected, nice balance, seems younger than stated age, good not great and given the current tariff I would be a seller and not a buyer.

  • plamoise Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 19, 2019 - Very cab-like, but softened with age. Still very powerful. Did use an aerator pourer.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Ornellaia & Masseto: 1995-2010 From Magnum (Jan 2017), 1/1/2017 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Ornellaia: A Major Retrospective 1985-2006 (Dec 2009) (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2007, Issue #11, Road Kill II: More Highly Rated Wines of Very Questionable Merit

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Tenuta dell’Ornellaia: Ornellaia and Masseto 1997-2004 (Mar 2007) (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/21/2006 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/31/2005 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/6/2002 (link)

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  • By Daniel Thomases
    July/August 2000, IWC Issue #91 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/4/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia) Very dark red violet color; cinnamon, brett, berry, currant nose; tasty, poised, powerful, tart currant, cinnamon, brett, raspberry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/8/2007 (link) 91 points

    (Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia) Earthy iron, clove and olive nose; black fruit and espresso palate, reminiscent of an '01 Cos d'Estournel; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2005 (link) 19+ points

    (Ornellaia (Bolgheri)) Also a mature hue here, but showing more depth of colour with some youthful tones. There is a green edge to the nose, reminiscent of green pepper, but also some tobacco. This has a very nervous, precise and consequently attractive style. Surprisingly then, the first impression on the palate is one of full succulence, but then that precision comes through, with supple tannins and a fine quality of fruit. This is divine. There is still a little flourish of tannin on the finish, and moderate length. Drink now, although it will get better over the next 3-5 years I think.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tenuta dell'Ornellaia
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Ornellaia
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion Bolgheri
  • Appellation Bolgheri Superiore
  • UPC Codes 084692493043, 400007224704, 8032732221738, 877397001237, 877397002142

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,597 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,339 (34%)

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