Ornellaia Masseto 2011 1.5L

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SKU 02834


Tenuta dell'Ornellaia believes in the terroir of the soil which translates into special flavors and complexities in its wines. The Masseto vineyard, for example, has three different soils, including a unique clay which is ideal for growing Merlot. On the Tuscan coast, in a land that beheld the splendor of the Etruscans, you will find Bolgheri, home of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. From the low hilly landscape, topped with cypresses and the heavy scented perfumes of the Mediterranean, to the resting spots of migratory birds and the dense woodlands that slope gently to the sea, this landscape provides varying soils and micro-climates perfect for making extraordinary wine. Masseto is a rare and exclusive Cru, made entirely from Merlot grapes grown on the 7 ha vineyard bearing the same name. Its first vintage was 1986, and it has gained a reputation as one of the world's most sought after wines. Masseto has an exotic nose with big ripe black fruits and minerals. On the palate it's powerful, rich, and opulent, with big, sweet, polished tannins and a super long finish.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand Ornellaia
  • ws97

Wine SpectatorOpulent and expressive, opening with coffee and vanilla aromas that lead to sweet plum and black cherry flavors. Leather, tobacco and iron notes contribute to the complexity. Lingers with a powerful, structured finish. Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2033.

Bruce Sanderson, October 15, 2014
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateFrom Italy's most celebrated 7-hectare plot of Merlot, the 2011 Masseto is a wine of grand and lofty ambitions that happily materialize in the glass. This wine delivers on all the many promises it makes. First is the exceptional quality of the bouquet with seamless integration of dark fruit to spice, to chocolate, to Mediterranean herb. The aromas are presented in kaleidoscope effect so that many bright colors blend into one. Second, is the mouthfeel that is as supple, rich and persistent as you should expect of a wine of this pedigree. Lastly, is the wine's aging potential that is already evident in terms of the integrated acidity and the richness of the tannins. In fact, the tannins are absolutely gorgeous here: They are silky, refined and delightful. It's not the greatest Masseto ever made, but it performs beautifully nonetheless.

Monica Larner, October 2014
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastCellar Selection. A rich, ripe expression of one of Italy's iconic wines, this displays the heat of the 2011 vintage. It opens with aromas of red currants, tobacco, oak and exotic spice while the full-bodied palate delivers dried black cherries, blueberry extract, licorice and black pepper. Densely concentrated and tightly packed with assertive but fine-grained tannins, you'll need to give this time to unwind. Drink 2017-2026.

Kerin O'Keefe, August 1, 2015