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Ornellaia's Works of Art, 2009 and 2010 Vendemmia d'Artista
February 26, 2020
A Note from Sergio

Owned by the Frescobaldi family, Ornellaia makes a flagship wine that's one of the most well-known, best-loved Super-Tuscans. The estate's flagship, Ornellaia, is internationally beloved because it has all the characteristics of worldwide wines like density, richness and soft tannins, and it's internationally recognized because it acts like a blue chip stock in the cellar--few wines appreciate like Ornellaia's flagship. Over the years, Ornellaia has built on its flagship bottling and its cult Merlot, Masseto, and added to its stellar red wine lineup with two secondary bottlings, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, wines that hew so closely to the originals that were they to come from any other winery, they'd be stars in their own right.

These are the facts that distinguish Ornellaia as a winemaker, but this estate is more than just a winemaker: it's a patron to the arts. Ornellaia commissions artists from around the world to paint, draw, and sculpt the pieces that hang on the cantina's walls, adorn its hallways, and color its atmosphere. Today, I'm proud to present a pair of wines from Ornellaia's Vendemmia d'Artista collection, a collaboration between the winemaker and one very special artist, the splendid 2009 and the outstanding 2010. Every vintage since 2006, Ornellaia has worked with one artist to embody the spirit of the year, creating a commemorative label for the vintage. Below you'll find two very special Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista bottlings, both in double magnums and each a gem.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Two Collector Masterpieces from Iconic Ornellaia
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February / March Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2009 3L
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2009 3L
Price: $5,499.00

The '09 Ornellaia is a showy Super Tuscan, in all the best possible ways. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, the Ornellaia '09 embraces both massive power and elegance, offers complex aromatics, and exceptional balance between its ripe, defined fruit, its warming alcohol, refreshing acidity, and its velvety tannins. As delicious as are its notes of frutti di bosco, chocolate, Tuscan terroir and savory herbs, it's this wine's the caressing mouth-feel that stays with you, and now with at least five years of maturity, this ’09 Ornellaia is integrated, stunning, and left with years ahead of it. more info
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2010 3L
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2010 3L
Price: $5,499.00

Nuanced and sophisticated, the aromatics and the palate of the ’10 Ornellaia marry seamlessly; its bouquet of ripe dark fruit, earth and wildflowers echo on the palate that clings to your mouth and takes forever to dissipate. 2010 saw the 25th anniversay of Ornallaia, and this special bottling reflects the significance of the year. It’s a beautifully balanced evocation of Ornellaia, one that shows freshness and ripeness in equal measure. While it seems early to drink a wine this monumental, and while time in the cellar will only serve to integrate this wine’s tannins, the ’10 Ornellaia is approachable. This is a wine worthy of its 25 years of history. more info