Ornellaia Ornellaia 2000
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri|
Deep and delicious, with an earth-driven nose that conveys quality. Chunky plum pervades the chewy, dark palate, which offers a gorgeous mouthfeel and admirable depth. Only on the finish do you get a slight hint of oak. Overall itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s entirely solid and very likable, but as good as it is, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s not quite on the level of the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢98 or ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢99, which were amazing.
International Wine Cellar
(60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 15% cabernet franc) Very dark ruby with a purplish core. Red and black fruits mingle with spicy clove on the nose, followed by raspberry jam, chocolate and cinnamon on the palate. Even fresher and more delineated than the 1999 bottling, with superb focus and concentration. Very ripe tannins envelop the back end, which is underscored by a distinct mineral component and a hint of bell pepper. Succulent and classy at the same time.
Nothing in particular stands out about the 2000 Ornellaia, instead the whole is clearly greater than the sum of its parts. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc is a seamless beauty, showing exceptional purity with notable length on the palate and no hard edges. While the 2000 may not have the structure or complexity of the best vintages it will provide exceptional drinking now and to age 15, give or take. 92/Anticipated maturity: 2007-2015. 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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ these have been BolgheriÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Lots of currant and spice, with hints of fresh herb. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a pretty balance. Delicate finish. Slightly austere. Give it time. A slightly held-back style for Ornellaia. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2006.