Oh my. Or, as they say in Tuscany, oh mio
....The 2010 vintage marks Ornellaia’s 25th Anniversary. A celebratory logo, exclusively designed for Ornellaia 2010 is silkscreened in gold and ivory. The Double Magnum (3 liters) are individually numbered and crated.
The 2010 vintage of the Ornellaia is a truly special red, worthy of the top shelf, or the pedestal with the spotlight on it. Founded by Marchese Lodovico Antinori, yes, that
Antinori, the winery has been producing world class wines for years. Celebrating their 25th anniversary in this Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, with a bottle which is also beautiful on the outside, the vintners have outdone themselves. It needs a little more time in the bottle before it's in the optimum drinking window, so find the proper place to display it, and use that time to plan your meal. A few suggestions: roast squabs with porcini and country bread salad; bistecca Fiorentina, of course; osso buco; spring lamb roasted with shallots, carrots, red wine and potatoes. Put on some Andrea Bocelli and let the fantasy begin winelovers!!
Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate:
"Poured from the special anniversary bottle, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it
. What stands out is the absolutely seamless-seamless-seamless (yes, it's worth repeating three times) integration of its many moving parts. The wine magically transitions from cherry, spice, chocolate and espresso in one melodic and continuous loop. It exudes balance and elegance over long, delicious minutes. It is profoundly impressive.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. Of all the grapevines planted on the Ornellaia estate, the 2010 vintage showed best results with Merlot, says Leonardo Raspini. Because the harvest was later than usual, the early-ripening grape enjoyed a slow and steady evolution. This year Ornellaia celebrates the 25th anniversary of its flagship wine, the eponymous Ornellaia (1988-2013). General Director Leonardo Raspini and his team decide to celebrate with a commemorative edition of the wine packaged in an etched bottle with gold lettering." Aug 2013
Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"One of the highlights of the vintage on the Tuscan coast, the 2010 Ornellaia is dazzling
. A tightly wound, powerful wine, the 2010 is going to need a few years in the cellar to show the full breadth of its potential and class. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine's pure pedigree and class
. Freshly cut flowers, mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs and plums burst from the glass in this beautifully layered, polished Ornellaia. The 2010 is vivid, nuanced and precise from start to finish. I can't wait to see how it develops over the coming years. Today, the 2010 is all about precision, vibrancy and saline-infused energy. I very much like the way the wine continues to open up in the glass. In 2010 winemaker Axel Heinz increased the Merlot quite a bit in order to give the wine a little more richness, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, both challenged by the weather, were used sparingly. The 2010 is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot." Aug 2013
"The 2010 Ornellaia celebrates the wine’s 25th anniversary, and it could not have been a more spectacular vintage.
It opens with aromas of crushed blue flowers, black berries, pipe tobacco and thyme that give way to an elegant, structured and polished palate. It delivers intense blackberry flavors layered with white pepper, Mediterranean herbs, mineral and mocha brightened by fresh acidity alongside smooth, velvety tannins. This will age and develop for decades. Drink 2016–2040." May 2014
"The 2010 vintage was among the coolest and latest-ripening in recent years and yielded one of the most elegant expressions of Ornellaia. A deep ruby hue announces remarkable complexity on the nose, releasing heady fragrances of dark wild berry, pungent spice, and smooth pipe tobacco. The palate is finesse par excellence, with silky tannins and bright, clean-edged fruit, crowned with a finish boasting impressively racy tannins."
||53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
||18 months maloactic fermentation in 70% new and 30% once-used oak barriques. (After the first 12 months of maturation, the wine was assembled and then returned to the barriques for an additional 6 months.) 12 months further refining in bottle.