The history of the Ornellaia Estate begins in the 1980s when the brothers Lodovico and Piero Antinori divided the Bolgheri property belonging to the family. Lodovico set out with the Ornellaia project with a very clear idea in mind, that is to create a winery in Tuscany on the Californian model, where quality and experimentation and then marketing and brand creation went hand in hand. Thus the Russian winemaker André Tchelistcheff was consulted, who had achieved very important results in the creation of the Napa Valley as we know it today, and Federico Staderini, a talented young man. Around the beginning of the nineties, the collaboration with Michel Rolland and other important names in the world wine scene began. Around the end of 1999 the company was acquired by the Californian giant Mondavi and by the Frescobaldis. The new group immediately invested in the quality of the products by calling the oenologist Thomas Duroux from Bordeaux, and putting Leonardo Raspini in charge of the agronomic sector department. In 2005, the Frescobaldi family acquired the entire estate and hired Axel Heinz, who is still the winemaker on the estate. The continuous succession of important properties and figures in the world winemaking field has meant that in a very few years this reality has become a reference reality not only for the area but throughout the world.
The grapes are harvested by hand and selected on a sorting table. They are then vinified separately according to the parcels; the fermentation takes place partly in stainless steel and partly in concrete vats. Subsequently the wine ages for 18 months in barriques (in which the assembly is made after the first 12) and then another 12 months before being introduced on the market.
The wine has an intense dark ruby red color with garnet hues. On the olfactory examination we distinctly perceive the fruity sensations of cherry jam, black cherries in alcohol, blackberry jam, raspberries and berries, peppermint leaves, pepper, dried violet flowers, flint, vanilla, licorice, sandalwood, black pepper and tobacco. In the mouth the attack is sumptuous, broad and enveloping, soft and warm. Extraordinarily balanced by a remarkable freshness and elegant, suggested and very ripe tannins. The persistence in the mouth is considerable, leaving a pleasant aftertaste of licorice and other spices; the aftertaste is very fine and elegant, confirming the notes previously perceived on the nose.
Bottle of great occasions. Ideal with game, red meat dishes and/or medium-aged cheeses.