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1998 Ornellaia - Masseto Merlot - Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri - Red

Italy - Tuscany - Bolgheri

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

A premiere estate located in Tuscany's Bolgheri coast, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia produces the renowned Merlot-based blends Masseto, Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove, and Le Volte. The unique microclimate and combination of clay in the soil eventually proved ideal, epitomized by the 2001 Masseto, which garnered 100 points from the Wine Spectator. The pinnacle achievement at Ornellaia, the Masseto has... More »

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Comm: 2007-2015 VF: 2000-2008

Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.904%
Tasted On 06/21/2015
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Author thirsty boy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 07/02/2008
Drink Dates 2007-2015

Tasted along with the 1995. This was a complete let down. More alcohol, meaning more modern style. Lacked balance and complexity, some merlot flavor. For the price of this bottle am horrified. The 95 was excellent, and 95pt merlot, this one, can't pass 90.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

1998 was arguably a better vintage in the Tuscan coast than its more renowned sibling vintages 1997 and 1999, as I believe the performances of Masseto and Sassicaia demonstrate nicely. The age of the Merlot vines used in Masseto (which receives Ornellai's best Merlot fruit on the estate) was at its oldest in 1998, as younger plantings were introduced in the 1999 vintage. It is hardly news to state that Italy has had more success with the Merlot grape than anyone ever imagined, showcasing some of the world?s finest examples in Messorio, Galatrona, Montiano and Redigaffi. Picking the most profound example can be as excruciatingly difficult as watching a child sift through their dreams on Sant's lap, deciding which toy they want for Christmas. The 1998 Masseto is nothing short of spellbinding. Perhaps the inkiest, most opaque expression of Merlot that I have ever seen, which is no small feat (although I rarely care about color)! The perfume of this wine is to die for, a veritable showcase of spearmint, cedar, boysenberry jam and freshly brewed espresso roast. The blatantly brooding palate has authoritative but sensual flavors of Valrhona chocolate, plum cake, currant and freshly paved road tar that seem to linger on the palate for longer than a minute. While the body is powerful, it never seems to be entirely massive due to its impeccable balance and refined sense of grace. A jaw-dropping example of that takes the Merlot varietal to new heights

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